Devise a way of keeping staff up to date with match scores

This does not mean allowing all staff unlimited use of the internet throughout Euro 2016, but consider assigning one person to keep track and then disseminate the information to others. Other ways include screening matches in the workplace or allowing a radio – remember though you may need a licence to do this though.

Think flexibly

If you can accommodate some kind of flexible working throughout the tournament, this will go a long way to keeping your employees level of engagement high. This could include allowing employees to:

  • swap shifts;
  • arrive later or leave earlier than normal and make up their time elsewhere;
  • move their break times to coincide with a match.

Employees must be told that any swaps/moves must be authorised by management in advance.

Make all staff aware of your policies and procedures

Whether it be your policy on sickness absence, absence notification, annual leave, internet usage – make sure all staff are aware of them so they know what your minimum standards are. This way, they cannot allege that they did not know that they were breaking a rule.

There is the inevitable connection between football and alcohol. If any of your employees turn up for work under the influence of alcohol, don’t accept ‘the football’ as mitigation. Treat all instances of this type of misconduct in the same way. If this means sending the employee home, send them home.

Stick to your rules

If you say that you will take all instances of lateness the day after a match very seriously, then make sure that you do. Heavily monitor sickness absence and lateness. If you appear to let any instance go, staff are likely to take advantage and think that your bark is worse than your bite. Your actions will make people respect the rules.

Beware of discrimination

Even fun events in the workplace genuinely supported by employers can create some disharmony. This means making sure all nations represented in your organisation are given equal billing and none are made to feel less important than another. Have a zero tolerance approach to behaviour which could be deemed as harassment and don’t assume that only men will be interested in the football. Excitement is likely to die down when England get knocked out (we love to hope but let’s be realistic…) so you may not have to put up with the furore for the whole month. But remember your foreign workers will be excited as your English staff if their team makes it through.

Embrace It!

Allowing a little fun in the workplace will foster commitment and loyalty to your organisation. Put up flags; have a Euro 2016 fun day with prizes or even assign a country to each team/department and let them decorate their area in their nation’s colours. Or even give a small amount of money so staff can have a buffet of their nation’s traditional foods.