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Football – World Cup
It seems that 90% of employers have no plans in place to help manage staff absence during the forthcoming World Cup, according to a recent poll by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The poll of more than 1,000 employers showed that almost all of them had no policy in place to manage staff absence during the World Cup. Just 5% of organisations had developed a policy while a further 5% were in the process of developing one.

If you believe that the World cup is likely to impact on your employees’ attendance and effectiveness, you may want to consider taking action to ensure that it doesn’t affect business productivity. For example (business needs permitting) you could consider:

• Flexible working hours;
• Shift swaps;
• Unpaid leave;
• Special screening of matches on premises;
• Encouraging staff to take annual leave.

You should also remind employees about your policies on absence, whether alcohol related or not, and make clear to workers that there are disciplinary consequences for taking unauthorised time off without good reason or for not performing satisfactorily or misbehaving at work.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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