Company Makes Day After Super Bowl A Holiday, Giving Employees Day Off With Pay

iconNo matter which company you work for, when the morning of February 6th rolls around, you’ll be jealous you aren’t working for this one.

Kraft Heinz, the food giant formed by the merger of Kraft Foods and Heinz in 2015, is giving all of its employees the day off on February 6 after Super Bowl LI. With pay.

Ironically enough, Kraft Heinz has no affiliation with the Patriots, even though the team is owned by Robert Kraft.

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According to the company, more than 16 million people call in sick the day after the big game, which costs the country about $1 billion in lost productivity. And the rest who do show up for work are just plain cranky.

In addition to letting its employees stay home, Kraft Heinz is launching a campaign to push for everybody to be off after Super Bowls. It’s started an online petition to essentially create a new national holiday it calls “Smunday,” which extends Sunday’s Super Bowl fun into Monday.

If the petition gets over 100,000 signatures, Kraft Heinz will send it to Congress.

As of Thursday morning, it had almost 5,000 backers.

Now let’s be honest: Kraft Heinz is getting something out of all of this altruistic action. The company’s not running a Super Bowl commercial this year, according to the Chicago Tribune, so all the viral social media buzz this is creating is great marketing for the company.