Enjoying the World Cup in the workplace

Lizzi Rutter

Client Support - HR

The World Cup takes place between Thursday 14 June and Sunday 15 July. Hallidays HR have produced some guidelines to support you to enjoy the World Cup in your workplace without it being at the detriment of your business.

Flexible Working Approach

If you do not operate a flexible working approach, it may be something to consider during the period of the World Cup.

You could consider a more flexible working day, meaning employees may come in a little later or finish earlier, and then agree when this time can be made up.

Could you allow employees to listen to the radio or watch the TV? Is it possible to allow employees to take a break during certain matches? Can employees swap shifts (with management permission) with those less interested in football?

Annual Leave & Absence

Annual leave should be booked in the normal way, as per your policy and all leave requests should be considered fairly by you. Remember, not everyone likes football but may want to take leave during this time too.

You should monitor levels of attendance during this period and any unauthorised absence or patterns in absence could result in formal proceedings.

You might want to also pay attention to high levels of sickness, late attendance or lower levels of performance at work due to post match celebrations.

Drinking or under the influence

Some employees may like to partake in a drink or two while watching a match. However, coming to work under the influence of alcohol or being caught drinking during working hours could result in disciplinary action.

Social media usage

There may be an increase in employees using social networking sites, sports news websites or official sporting events pages on the internet. You may wish to remind employees of your policies regarding the use of social networking and websites during working hours.

How we can help

Our friendly Hallidays HR have considerable experience of HR and recruitment. If you would like to learn more about how they can support your business please read our success stories or contact the team on 0161 476 8278.

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