With the World Cup taking place this summer, how can you ensure your business runs smoothly throughout the tournament?
With the World Cup taking place this summer, we can expect football fervour to grip the nation once again. The excitement that traditionally builds up around the England team – the only representative from our home nations this year – can whip up even the least enthusiastic of fans.
We will have a minimum of three group games – and potentially 4 knock out games - to look forward to. With millions tuning in to watch in homes and pubs up and down the country, we can expect drama and excitement (but hopefully no penalty shoot outs).
In most instances, the day after an England game is a working day. So how can organisations support employees whilst maintain the smooth running of a business?
For an extreme example, the NFL’s Super Bowl Sunday — a sporting occasion of similar magnitude to the World Cup in the US — offers us a source of comparison. A Kronos survey found that 16.5 million people said they would not go into work on the Monday after the Super Bowl. What HR departments need to consider is that under two thirds (63%) of those were actually booking time off in advance.
It’s these unplanned absences which can be most disruptive for organisations. Productivity will certainly take a nosedive if several of the workforce call in sick on the same day. So, with another big sporting spectacle this summer, employers need to explore ways to provide employees with flexibility to enjoy the occasion while managing the needs of the business.
There are several steps companies can take to make the World Cup an enjoyable experience all round:
These are just a few examples of positives steps you can take before kick-off to net a great result for your business and its employees. By embracing the spirit of this international event, the opportunity is there to turn a potential negative, from a productivity perspective, into a morale boosting win.
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