The East Midlands Chamber has made financial predictions that Euro 2016 could give a £33.3m boost for the Nottinghamshire economy – which is positive news for local businesses. However, employers are being warned that businesses in Nottinghamshire could also be hit by £2.7M due to lost productivity when England plays Wales on Thursday, June 16. The hit would be from sick days, internet browsing or time spent on social media.
Keep it fair and follow the rules… so the red cards are at a minimum
Flexibility for both employees and employers during the tournament is the key to a happy workforce and a productive business. It may be possible to have a flexible working day, swap shifts, change break times, be flexible with holiday requests or have the option to listen to the radio. Make sure that you have an agreement in place for watching TV, Sickness absence, time off and internet usage.
Remember to continue to monitor sickness during this time in line with your company policy. Unauthorised absence, and patterns of absence could result in formal proceedings, this could include high levels of sickness, or lateness due to the post match hangover.
Use of websites or Social media
There may be increased usage of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc) , websites and Apps during the world cup. Make sure your policies are up to date about the use of the web and social media at work. If as an employer you are monitoring internet usage, you need to make it clear to employees that it is happening, as the data protection rules require you to do this.
Drinking or being under the influence
Most people like a drink whilst watching the football but It is important to remember that anyone caught drinking at work or under the influence of alcohol at work could be subject to disciplinary procedures. Make sure you have a clear alcohol policy.
Don’t wait for the final whistle if you need help!
If you need help with your policies, or if you need help and advice around the issues discussed, please give me a call on 01623 663 246.
Partner and Commercial & Employment Solicitor.