As the second round of matches of the World Cup is underway dreams are still alive for almost all the teams and employers are already reporting an increase in absence as football fever takes hold.
But how can employers maintain productivity without being kill-joys? Allowing staff to participate can also be a morale boost.
A Flexible Approach
- One way to facilitate employees following the World Cup is to allow games to be screened or listened to in the work place if your type of business allows. Remember not all employees will be fans so consider a football free zone as well.
- Allow employees to start or finish earlier or work later to fit in around key games.
- Consider your internet/social media/mobile phone policy – can this be relaxed to allow employees to follow the game?
Annual Leave Requests
- More organised fans may have already requested time off but as teams progress to the next round you may get a flurry of leave requests. Follow your usual policy and be fair and consistent in how requests are granted.
- An employee calls in sick or fails to arrive on the day of the big game? Follow your usual procedures.
- Football and a few drinks often go hand in hand. But what if your employees are turning up for work in an unfit state? Again, your usual policy should be followed. You should also have a policy in place regarding drinking during working hours.
And as we head to the final whistle…
- Don’t forget it’s not all about England. You may have staff supporting a number of different teams so make sure any flexible arrangements include them as well.
- Some people hate football! Avoid them becoming resentful by being open in your communications and not allowing them to have an increased work load due to others taking advantage of a flexible working approach.
If you need advice on developing or implementing your workplace policies RBA would be pleased to hear from you.
Rob Bryan Associates Limited Main Office: 01462 732444 www.robbryanassociates.org.uk