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#GoT Spoiler! Absence is Coming: 27.2 Million U.S. Workers Say the Final Night’s Watch May Kill Job Productivity, Attendance

May 15, 2019

LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2019--

Brace yourself: Absence is coming. According to a new survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated conducted by The Harris Poll, Sunday’s long-awaited series finale of Game of Thrones (GoT) will create the biggest storm of workplace disruption since The Super Bowl 1.

A staggering one-third (34%) of employed U.S. adults who participated in the survey say they plan to watch the finale Sunday night, which would make it one of the 10 most-watched series finales in television history. The fate of Westeros will have real world consequences, too, with an estimated 27.2 million 2 U.S. employees admitting GoT’s conclusion will potentially have a direct impact on their work obligations.

The “Absence is Coming” survey was conducted online from May 7-9, 2019 among 1,090 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older on behalf of The Workforce Institute at Kronos by The Harris Poll. All percentages cited are based directly from survey results and U.S. census data.

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About Kronos Incorporated
Kronos is a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Kronos industry-centric workforce applications are purpose-built for businesses, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and government agencies of all sizes. Tens of thousands of organizations — including half of the Fortune 1000 ® — and more than 40 million people in over 100 countries use Kronos every day. Visit www.kronos.com. Kronos: Workforce Innovation That Works.

Survey Method:
The “Absence is Coming” survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of Kronos Incorporated from May 7-9, 2019 among 1,090 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact daniel.gouthro@kronos.com .

Footnote 1: Respondents were asked similar but different questions. See https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/super-bowl-fever-may-sideline-record-17.2-million-workers-monday for more details.

Footnote 2: Calculation based 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who plan to watch the finale live x 56% who say the finale will impact their work = 27.2 million

Footnote 3: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who plan to watch the finale live x 22% who plan to call in sick or use a personal day at the last minute on Monday/ make other arrangements such as using a vacation day on Monday/typically work Sunday nights but plan to make other arrangements/ typically work Sunday nights but plan to call in sick = 10.7 million

Footnote 4: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who plan to watch the finale live x 12% of employed adults who watch Game of Thrones and usually work on Sundays who plan to make other arrangements/or plan to call in sick = 5.8 million

Footnote 5: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who plan to watch the finale live x 6% of employed adults who plan to go in to work late on Monday morning = 2.9 million

Footnote 6: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who plan to watch the finale live x 7% of employed adults who plan to work remotely/from home Monday when they usually do not = 3.4 million

Footnote 7: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who watch the current season of Game of Thrones x 42% who say the current season has affected their performance and/or attendance = 20.4 million

Footnote 8: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who watch the current season of Game of Thrones x 9% who say they have missed work to stream Game of Thrones re-runs = 4.4 million

Footnote 9: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who watch the current season of Game of Thrones x 15% who have taken a sick day on a Monday after watching Game of Thrones on Sunday = 7.3 million

Footnote 10: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who watch the current season of Game of Thrones x 26% who spend 5+ hours per week discussing, reading about, or posting online about Game of Thrones = 12.7 million

Footnote 11: 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 34% who watch the current season of Game of Thrones x 34% who spend 1-4 hours per week discussing, reading about, or posting online about Game of Thrones = 16.5 million

Footnote 12: x 234.6 U.S. adults according to 2010 U.S. census x 61% employed U.S. adults x 25% of employed U.S. adults who have spent at least 1 hour discussing, reading about, or posting online about Game of Thrones even if they do not watch the show = 35.8 million

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CONTACT: Dan Gouthro

Kronos Incorporated

+1 978.947.7310

daniel.gouthro@kronos.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT TV AND RADIO TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES EVENTS/CONCERTS

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