Love it or hate it, the world cup is coming and as employers, you need to ensure you know what you can and can’t do to protect your business from absent employees.
Get it right now and managing employees during the tournament becomes easy.
You need a clear policy. Decide how you are going to encourage staff to be at work during games, communicate it and stick to it consistently, for all employees, no exceptions.
Don’t just make allowances for England games – not everyone supports England!!
Can your business support flexi-time? If employees take a break to watch a match, can they make up the time at the start or end of the day? This may not work if your employees are customer facing i.e. working in shops or call centres.
If employees book holiday time to watch a match, is this on a first come first served basis? How do you ensure you treat everyone equally.
If you have a TV onsite to enable people to watch the game, what will you do for employees who have no interest in football whatsoever?
The keys to getting this right are:
– Have a plan which protects your business
– Communicate it in advance
– Deal with any issues in advance
– Do not treat people differently
– Ensure consistent decision making
– Deal with any complaints through your company grievance procedures
For further help and advice specific to your business needs, contact us on 01923 504100 or via our website.