It’s trendy (and a little click-bait-y in my opinion) to release estimates of how much productivity is lost the Monday after the Super Bowl. Of course there are employees who call in sick after a little too much partying during the big game, I get there’s a dip in productivity as a result.
But what I don’t get is including Super Bowl small talk as a contributing factor to reduced productivity. On the surface it might seem like there’s better things to talk about at work, but small talk is how relationships are built. It’s where rapport gets developed and a it’s a key factor in becoming MORE productive, not less.
The Super Bowl isn’t the only sports topic worth talking about this week. See how many of these topics you can work in this week.