CIPD issues World Cup guidance for employers
With the World Cup starting in June, the CIPD is
asking: can businesses can survive the event with productivity, service quality
and good employee relations intact? As research shows that nine out of ten
employers have no plans in place to help manage staff absence during the
forthcoming World Cup, the CIPD have published two ‘survival’ guides.
The CIPD have issued new
guidance for employers and ten
survival tactics, to help employers cope with the challenges posed by the
World Cup. The former looks
at a variety of approaches that employers can consider to make sure that employees
can make the most of the World Cup without compromising the needs of the business
in any way or facing disciplinary action. The latter points out that the
tournament is a quasi-religious event for football fans, and that having a game
plan to tackle the World Cup is a good idea. It sets out 10 suggestions as to
what to do.
Both guides emphasise that just as the tournament
itself is diverse, so is the workforce and if employers demonstrate they care
about their staff and their interests outside work, employees are more likely
to go the extra mile for the organisation. It is also important to remind staff
of: (i) the organisation’s policy on absence and misuse of alcohol, making
clear that it is unacceptable to take time off sick, either to watch matches or
to recover from the aftermath of long evenings in the pub; and (ii) the equality
policy, in that rivalry between supporters which leads to any form of racism
will not be tolerated.
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