The current England team carries very low expectations into this year’s football World Cup, but what can you expect from your workforce during the tournament?
Absenteeism / Leaving Early
As the World Cup will be held in Brazil the matches kick off at 5pm or later. This may result in employees asking to leave early and/or absences the following days. Your options include:
Supporting your team
Some of your employees may support countries other than England. It’s important that employees are aware that offensive or derogatory remarks on the basis of who they support are unacceptable. Such remarks could lead to claims of bullying and/or discrimination. Explaining this to the employees may give you a defence to any such claim.
Whilst employees can run a sweepstake there are rules as to how these can operate. These include that:
It may be worth sending an email/memo to employees explaining some of the above and the expectations you have.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like further information.