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ICAEW warns businesses not to get tackled by employees this World Cup

Tuesday 24 May 2018, The World Cup is a great opportunity for businesses around the world to capitalise from employees national pride. However, the popular football tournament hosts many games during work causing workers to have to potentially miss games, which can cause staff to feel unmotivated.

Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise at the ICAEW, gives advice: “Reduced productivity is an issue in the UK at the moment, and to avoid staff becoming disinterested during the World Cup, make sure you have set out arrangements for when games clash with work. There is a month of viewing from the first game between the host nation, Russia, and Saudi Arabia on 14 June, and the Final on 15 July with 64 games in between.  

“Make sure you make clear to staff what they can expect to ensure you don’t face any red cards:

  • Will you be allowing employees to watch the games?
  • Will you be monitoring employee productivity during the games?
  • If you are showing England games, will you be allowing other employees who support different countries to watch their games?
  • Always remember the internet – will you allow employees to keep up with the scores?
  • Is there a way to ensure employees who aren’t football fans don’t miss out on all these benefits? 

Clive adds: “Don’t forget, the World Cup is an excellent time to bond with employees and enjoy some national pride, so don’t go offside and annoy staff.”

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