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The safety of our staff and clients is of paramount importance to us and so thank you for your continued co-operation during these unprecedented times.
Tension is building in the air, the athletes are ready to play and their fans are ready to shout and cheer them on to glory; The FIFA World Cup 2014, hosted by Brazil, is due to kick off an get into full swing on 12 June 2014. For many it’s a time to kick back and enjoy the “beautiful game“.
However, the impact upon Employers and the economy generally, is likely to be significant with estimates that the very existence of the World Cup this year will lead to up to 250,000,000 working hours being lost[i] by British businesses alone.
These losses will occur as a result of:
For Employers there are also other problems that they may encounter with their employees as a result of the World Cup festivities, and which should be monitored and where appropriate acted upon, and which can include misconduct issues such as drunkenness in the work place, time being wasted by employees surfing the internet reviewing statistics, updating their fantasy football teams.
There is a further, a potential problem arising from the World Cup for employers that takes the form of claims for Discrimination and/or Harassment on grounds of Race. Understandably for many there is an enhanced sense of patriotism and National Identity. However, employers must be wary of “office banter” etc., and the risk that overly zealous comments or actions by their employees. Equally, employers should be open and aware of the fact that all employees are not going to be English and may not support the English football team, but may support other countries’ national teams – employers should therefore ensure that all employees are treated equally.
In order to ensure that you can manage your business effectively, you should:
If you’re a football fan, then you should enjoy the World Cup 2014, but;
If you employ others and you need further advice upon managing absenteeism or other issues arising out of the World Cup, or generally, then please contact us or call on 024 7653 1532.