Manage Your World Cup Absences

Manage Your World Cup Absences

Free guide helps businesses prevent World Cup absences

Employers can get advice to ensure this summer’s World Cup does not disrupt their business, following the publication of the free World Cup and absence management guidance by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The guide suggests strategies such as flexible working, shift swapping and unpaid leave could be used to allow employees to legitimately watch important matches when they would otherwise be working. This it says could prevent unauthorised absences which risk compromising the needs of business.

The guide also states that special screenings of World Cup matches on work premises could help boost staff morale. Businesses are obliged to have an up-to-date TV licence if they do this.

“Research suggests that when employers demonstrate they care about their staff and their interests outside of work, employees are more likely to go the extra mile for the organisation,”

said CIPD adviser, John McGurk.

However, the guide also advises employers to make their business’ policy on absence clear, ensuring everybody understands that there are disciplinary consequences for taking unauthorised time off without good reason or for not performing satisfactorily.

“Whatever individual organisations decide is right for their employees, guidance should be clear and communicated well,” said McGurk.

According to a recent CIPD survey of more than 1,000 employers, nine out of ten have put no plans in place to help manage staff absence during the World Cup, which takes place between 11 June and 11 July this year.

To access the World Cup and absence management guide, visit

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