'Game of Thrones' finale could kill productivity at work, says survey

Brett Molina

Add one more potential death to the tally of HBO fantasy series "Game of Thrones": workplace productivity.

About 27.2 million employees expect to see their work impacted the Monday after the series finale of "Game of Thrones," according to a survey released last week by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated.

The survey found about 10.7 million employees in the U.S. will skip work to watch the final episode of "Game of Thrones," which first aired Sunday night. About 2.9 million said they would arrive to work late Monday morning.

By comparison, a similar survey conducted by the organization ahead of January's Super Bowl found 17.2 million adults expected to miss work the Monday after the big game.

The survey was conducted online from May 7-9 of this year, quizzing 1,090 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older, said The Workforce Institute.

It's not just the final episode of "Game of Thrones" that has halted productivity. The survey claims more than 20 million employees admit the show's final season has had an impact on their work attendance and/or performance.

The survey also said more than 35 million employees have spent at least one hour a week on company time talking about, reading about, or posting online about the show this season.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Game of Thrones' finale could kill productivity at work, says survey