BusinessWise: Managing World Cup Fever In Your Workplace

Peninsula Team

June 04 2010

As the FIFA World Cup begins on Friday 11th June 2010 a large proportion of employees across the UK will be looking forward to ‘a month of football’. Interest in the tournament will be huge: the working population in the UK includes people with backgrounds from all over the world who will want to support their team and with the World Cup being the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world (an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 World Cup) it is likely you will have to take some decisions about how you will manage football fever within your organisation over the next month.

There are a variety of approaches you can consider to help ensure members of your workforce are able to make the most of the World Cup without compromising the operational needs of your business; our Advice Team can help you to decide what should be the most appropriate arrangement for your organisation. The key is to not leave it to chance – make a clear statement to your staff so there can be no ambiguity or doubt over what you expect from your workforce and what they can expect from you during the World Cup.

One simple option is to identify that staff must use annual leave for any time they wish to be away from work in order to watch a match (or celebrate the outcome!). You will have to decide upon a minimum staffing requirement and potentially adopt a first-come first-served policy for authorising time off – which might get tricky if certain teams make it through to the later stages of the tournament. Nonetheless, a strict approach will ensure none of this is open to interpretation and it will no doubt help to have a firm but fair attitude.

Peninsula’s online service BusinessWise offers a number of Absence management tools which can make your life easier when dealing with these requests. A great example of this is the easy to use Absence Planner Report; this report allows users to see at a glance the holidays and other absences already in place during a given month. It is then easy to grant – or deny – a member of staff with time off as appropriate.

This is just one example of the tools available, exclusively to Peninsula clients, to assist with the day to day management of employee relationships. We are keen to offer a range of features which support and enhance our consultancy services and our online service allows us to do just that. The Advice Service can also be contacted via the Request Advice feature within BusinessWise if you should need help or guidance in any areas of employment of health & safety law. Managing your staff effectively through this month of football will help you to ensure your business continues to operate to a required level whilst at the same time your staff will be able to enjoy the highs and, hopefully not too many lows, of this high- profile international sporting event.

BusinessWise offers a range of tools and features to registered users to assist in managing the ongoing obligations associated with running an effective and legally-compliant business. To find out more go to or give the BusinessWise Helpdesk a call on 0844 892 2780.

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