Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 1st June 2016
Businesses and their employees should both be flexible in terms of how they aim to maintain productivity levels during the upcoming European football championships in France.
That’s according to the workplace resolution organisation ACAS, which has published in-depth guidance designed to help employers deal with the potential ramifications as one of the world’s most popular sporting events unfolds.
ACAS begins its guidance by pointing out that employers are likely to see an increase in sickness absences, requests for annual leave and the use of social media during working hours as big games take place.
In order to offset some of these issues and to limit the potential for lost productivity that might result, employers are being urged to be more flexible than they might ordinarily be when it comes to managing working hours and annual leave arrangements.
Allowing employees to swap their shifts, start and finish their working days earlier or later and make up for lost time in order to watch a particular match could also help employers limit productivity losses during the upcoming Euros, according to ACAS.
Employees are also advised to be flexible as they try to make room in their schedules to watch or otherwise keep up to date with big matches during working hours.
“Employers may wish to look at being more flexible when allowing employees leave during this period, with the understanding that this will be temporary arrangement,” ACAS says in its guidance.
“Employees should remember that special arrangements may not always be possible. The key is for both parties to try and come to an agreement.”
Sir Brendan Barber, ACAS chairman, has suggested that it’s important for businesses to be adaptable if they can be in terms of working arrangements during the Euros but emphasised too that “staff should avoid getting a red card for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period”.
“Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before kick off to help ensure their businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too,” Barber said in a statement as his organisation’s official guidance on the subject was published.