The day after the long-awaited conclusion to HBO’s fantasy series could see absences across the country according to a survey from the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. However, absences are not the only problem as the survey also showed that 27.2 million employees said the finale could cause them to miss work, show up late, work from home or be less productive than they would on an average Monday. Although employers could discipline employees, an attempt to embrace the show’s conclusion could have a positive impact on morale in the office, according to Fox Business.
Executive director at the Workforce Institute Joyce Maroney said: “What do we say to the God of Absence? Not today – or at least organisations can if they embrace, not avoid, a cultural phenomenon like the ‘Game of Thrones’ series finale.
“Empower employees with flexible schedules and the ability to request time off or swap shifts from anywhere, at any time so they can enjoy moments that matter in their lives, and don’t be shy to use pop culture common ground to build camaraderie with employees and managers.”
The final season of the hit series as shattered HBO viewership records which is likely to continue for the finale.
Around a third of all employed US adults plan to watch the live broadcast, according to the poll.
The Workforce Institute conducted the survey in partnership with Harris Poll.
The online survey asked 1,090 employed US adults aged 19 and above from May 7 to May 9.
It comes as Game of Thrones fans are allegedly disgruntled about the show’s final season, according to CNN Entertainment.
Fans on social media have complained about rushed storylines, unexplained loose ends and character favourites acting contrary to their nature.
One fan said: “They should’ve just ended when George R R Martin wasn’t involved in the writing.”
Another said: “I understand it’s GOT but don’t trash 8 yrs of character building for what they think will shock and awe us.”
More than 900,000 fans have signed a Change.org petition urging HBO to re-make the final season.
According to the petition: “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on.
“This series deserves a final season that makes sense.”