Football World Cup 2014: an employer’s guide

12 June 2014 marks the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup, which is due to last for around one month. It will be vital that employers plan early to reduce the impact on staffing and productivity levels.

Many employers could be expecting a spike in annual leave requests and absenteeism. This is especially so if employers operate evening and early-morning shift patterns.

With football fever due to grip most of the nation, employers could encounter problems with over-enthusiastic employees who are heading out of work to catch the games, which will primarily be shown in the evening. With lots of football fans determined not to miss out on this sporting event that only comes round once every four years, employers should recognise that the tournament also provides an opportunity to take advantage of high morale and improve levels of employee engagement…

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