Flex to avoid football foul, says Acas

8168644501_a43e6a3f0f_oEmployers should consider agreeing flexible working schedules to allow workers to watch the World Cup, according to Acas.

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published advice for employers on potential workplace issues that could arise when the football event begins on 12 June. It advises them to make agreements in advance that cover requests for time off, sickness absence, website use during working hours or watching TV during popular sporting events.

Acas chairman, Sir Brendan Barber, said: “The World Cup is an exciting event for many football fans but staff should avoid getting a red card for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

“Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive. Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before kick-off to help ensure their businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too.

One of the top tips suggested by Acas is to allow employees to come in a little later or finish sooner and then agree when this time can be made up. They could also allow breaks during match times or for staff to switch shifts with their manager’s permission. The service highlighted that it is important bosses are fair and consistent with all staff if they allow additional benefits during the World Cup. Any change in hours or flexibility in working hours should be approved before the event.

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