Are you ready for the World Cup?

With only just over a month to go until the Football World Cup kicks off in Brazil it is important that you start thinking about the impact that this four-week sporting jamboree could have on your workplace.


It is highly likely that a significant percentage of your workforce will hold an avid interest in what’s happening in Brazil between the 12th of June and the 13th of July 2014.  Historically, although the World Cup can have a unifying effect, it has also been shown to be a distraction that has led many staff to taking a ‘sickie’ (or a lot more!).  It may be wise to take pre-emptive measures to tackle this very real possibility to ensure that business runs normally.


When you consider the potential impact of such an event it is worrying to consider that the last time the World Cup was held, the CIPD conducted a straw poll of members and found that 90 per cent of them didn’t have a policy for staff absence during the FIFA World cup, with only 5 per cent even thinking of developing one.  


It is very sensible to develop a clear policy and to communicate that to all of your employees in advance to ensure that they are aware of the rules in place for the World Cup. If you need any help in doing this, please call us and we’ll be delighted to help.


Interestingly German union bosses have called on employers to show leniency towards their football-supporting workers by allowing them to start work later the day after Germany’s games because of the time difference resulting in kick offs after midnight German time.  According to the newspaper Bild, some employers’ associations have already backed these proposals.  

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