World Cup

Employers Guide to World Cup Launched

A new guide to help employers deal with staff absence during the World Cup has been launched by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The guide, Employment and the FIFA 2010 World Cup, produced in association with Abbey Legal Protection, is split into two categories: how to handle both authorised staff absence and situations where employees may simply fail to turn up to work on match or post-match days. The FSB said it had designed the guide to help employers avoid tricky employment issues arising from unplanned absences during the month-long tournament, which starts on 11 June. “Sorting out these issues before the first game kicks off means everyone can relax and enjoy the matches, while making sure jobs still get done in the workplace,” said Mike Cherry, FSB policy chairm... »

They Think Work’s All Over: It is Now!

More than half of UK employees vow to watch the World Cup on their work computers. 54 per cent of Britons risk causing computer chaos by logging on to watch World Cup games online while at work, according to research released today. Millions are planning to tune into games when they are streamed live but experts warn this could play havoc by slowing down – or in extreme cases – crashing office computer systems. However, a survey of 2,000 workers nationwide by Eclipse, an Internet Services Provider for small businesses and home users, found that 58% had given no thought to the possible consequences on their own workplace IT networks. Clodagh Murphy, director of Eclipse, said: “UK workers clearly want to watch World Cup matches live on their PCs. However, we advise all busi... »

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 sugg... »