World Cup 2014 kicks off in Brazil on Thursday, June 12th. Is your workplace ready for it?
With "football" (or "soccer" as it is often referred to as in North America) arguably the world's most popular sport, this month-long event that occurs only once every 4 years is likely to be a ratings behemoth.
Impact on Worker Productivity:
For business owners, the World Cup brings a serious threat to worker engagement/attendance for the duration of the tournament. The availability of live-streaming on the internet and the proliferation of smartphones makes the possibility of a distracted workforce bigger than ever before.
A U.K. survey commissioned by the HR consulting firm ELAS found that found that 43% of workers will be taking planned or unauthorized time off to enjoy World Cup events and that 13% plant to take a sick day to watch games. 85% of those surveyed said they expected to spend an average of 20 minutes each day checking World Cup scores, reading reports and browsing social media for comments on matches during working hours.
So what is a manager to do? Here are some World Cup tips:
Bend (your schedule) like Beckham:
Set the rules of the game:
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em:
Do you have any other suggestions or tips? Please share them in our Comments below.
Have questions or concerns about employee productivity, attendance or policies? Contact senior HR expert Anna Aceto-Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 624-0800 to see how Clear Path can assist your company. You may also be interested in an upcoming learning session Clear Path is holding on creating an effective employee policy manual.
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