Euro 2016 in the workplace

Euro 2016 – Switch on or switch off?

Euro 2016 in the workplace

Every two years, A football fanfare takes over every workplace in the land, whether you like it or not, it’s coming! For a month of our Summer, all eyes turn to the World Cup or European Championships and for the majority, this is a time when priorities get flung out of the proverbial window and attention turns to daily prayers, fantasy football teams, opening new accounts on every betting site possible, accumulators, wearing retro football teams, basically anything that will help England or your sweep stake selection get to the final pretty much can happen.

From June 10th – July 11th France host Euro 2016, with games scheduled for the most part, 2pm, 5pm & 8pm. Bosses of companies up and down the country, I advise you to do one thing… Embrace Euro 2016.

The conciliation service Acas launched new guidance to help employers prepare for potential issues, and avoid workers being given a “red card” for sloping off.

Acas said firms should have agreements in place to cover requests for time off, sickness absence, website use during working hours or watching TV during the tournament.

But it’s not just during the game time that you will see a slow down or sudden halt in productivity, it will be talked about constantly even before the tournament kicks off, it’s just how we work as an organisation.

So here are some key things we can do to ensure productivity and success is not affected dramtically during the excitement of Euro 2016.

  1. The extra point to cover off on your daily agenda – Make a point of embracing what’s going to happen. With England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and 20 other European nations taking part, you are bound to have someone in your office desperate to talk about it freely. So why not after your daily meeting add in an open discussion to let people talk openly for a short time – You are showing your team you are willing to take part in the excitement whilst keeping it structured. Allowing them an opportunity to talk freely about their enthusiasm with the team means there is less chance of regular chance meetings at the water cooler to discuss Roy Hodgson’s questionable selection.
  2. Offer Flexi-time (where possible) – Encourage your team to watch the home nation games. For example, England vs Wales falls on a Thursday at 2pm. Allow your team the chance to watch the game by offering flexi time, either they must come in early that day or stay late following, will encourage staff to remain pro active up until the kick off. This will also have a positive effect on the amount of mystery sickness bugs that have struck down those football fans for 24 hours.
  3. Embrace the event – The chances are, staff morale will be effected positively when senior staff and management embrace events such as the Euro’s. I don’t mean, turn everything into a shrine dedicated to Wayne Rooney and the boys but show your team you are interested in what is going on around you. Often, these events bring groups together, make for extra social events outside of the work place. Being part of this will only enhance the respect your team has for you.