June 9, 2016
According to ACAS, firms should consider being flexible when it comes to this year’s summer Euro 2016 tournament.
ACAS have stated that firms should contemplate having in place flexible working schedules, ensuring they have enough staff to cover annual leave requests, allowing staff access to website to keep up to date with scores or even watching TV during working hours.
A number of games are televised during the day, with kick offs starting from 2pm, which has the potential to cause headaches for staff and employers alike.
ACAS Chairman Sir Brendan Barber states; “The Euro 2016 Tournament is an exciting event for many football fans but staff should avoid getting a red card for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.”
Barber goes on to say that finding the balance between work and pleasure is going to be the key for both parties.
Possible work arounds
Depending on your business type and work demands, there are many ways to work around the Euro 2016 tournament without allowing work to suffer, such as:
- Working from home; you could offer your employees the chance to work from home if this is a possibility, perhaps in the evening allowing them to watch the big game in comfort
- Flexible working hours; with one of the biggest matches of the tournament starting at 2pm (England vs Wales in case you didn’t know!), you might find that allowing staff to start earlier in the day for an earlier finish is a suitable compromise.
- Scheduled break times; if you feel that you cannot allow your staff time off when a big match is on, how about scheduled breaks? A scheduled organised break for periods of 15 minutes or longer if possible, will allow staff who want to watch the games the chance to see some of the action whilst maintaining that the office is still maned during the working day.
With Wales and Northern Ireland joining England in this year’s tournament for the first time ever, it’s likely that more and more people will want to watch games, especially games involving these teams.
However, there is one important note to make – if you are planning on allowing your staff to watch the games at their desks via computers, tablets or on an office TV, you will need to have a TV licence in place to avoid getting stung with a nasty fine!
Keeping everyone onside
If you are planning on offering some flexibility this summer, make sure that you also issue enhanced rules regarding social media policies and the influence of alcohol as a reminder.
It is important to remember though that not everyone is a football fan and therefore ensure that you are fair and do not alienate those staff who aren’t interested in watching the matches. Perhaps an afternoon tea, a lunch out or an afternoon off early for those staff members when the football is over?
Route to the final
England kick off their 2016 campaign with a game at the Stade Velodrome against Russia on Saturday 11th June at 8pm
England’s 2nd group game is the tasty affair vs Wales at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday 16th June at 2pm. This game is set to be the one that will cause the most issues within the workplace due to the time as well as the opposition.
The final group game for England takes place at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Monday 20th June at 8pm vs Slovakia.
Following on from the close of the group stages, the vast majority of the knockout games are either 5pm or 8pm kick offs, with the two remaining 2pm games taking place over a weekend.
And if England were to make it to the final, it’s held on Sunday 10th July at the Stade de France at 8pm.
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