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Will your staff play ball once the World Cup whistle blows?

Posted on Jun 08 2010
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Employers are being urged to plan ahead for the likelihood that some employees will take more of an interest in their team’s fortunes than their duties and want to watch games during work hours.
 
This year’s tournament in South Africa has made life somewhat easier for some operating ‘nine to five’, Monday to Friday hours because kick-off times for England’s group matches are at weekends or in the evening during the week. However, international football championships and other big sporting events often lead to staff being more distracted than normal and a raft of requests to view matches live.
 
Here are some top tips:
 
If employees choose to be absent on that day without taking a holiday they leave themselves open to some form of disciplinary warning for unauthorised absence.
 
An employer could install a television or projector screen at work so that employees can watch the game and use the occasion as a team-building event – then no one will have to take days off. Alternatively, they can listen to it on the radio. However, you should be aware with either of these options that the correct TV licence or licence from the Performing Rights Society will be required.
 
Another option is to let employees leave early to watch the game, but require them to make up the lost working hours during the week.
 
A simple solution is to invite staff to book annual leave if they wish to watch a match.
 
The two hours off work that the match will typically take to watch can be used as an incentive based upon individual or group performance.
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