With the World Cup about to begin, and some games scheduled for weekday afternoons, how should bosses deal with employees who want to watch the football? For some, the games will raise high passions and may involve behaviour which is undesirable in the workplace – such as lunchtime or evening drinking to excess or unacceptable “banter.”
Law at Work Director Kelly Flageul says employers need to be ready for the issues which are likely to arise and has compiled a few tips for them:
Employers should think about whether they need to make special provision for the World Cup – generally speaking, they are under no obligation to do so but a sensible approach is likely to pay dividends in terms of staff morale.
The key thing for employers is to communicate their approach clearly and to be consistent. Inconsistency (or perceived bias) especially across national boundaries is likely to lead to discontent. It is also a good idea to reiterate existing policies, such as alcohol consumption during working hours, especially if operating machines.
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