Managing World Cup fever

By Brett Feltham and Joel Davis

The 2014 World Cup is upon us, with the first game having kicked off in Brazil on 12 June 2014. But what is a high water mark of sports events for fans can be the source of many headaches for employers, who need to be careful not to underestimate the impact of the World Cup.

Most matches will screen at unusual hours. Socceroos games will be screened live in Australia in the early hours of the morning. The time difference is not in Australia’s favour.

Some employees may seek time off to view games that fall within their working hours. For others, the time difference may cause a late arrival or absence from work, or increased working-from-home requests. As employees look forward to the games, we look at the common issues that arise for employers…

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