World Cup fever without the headache

By Richard Barker

While football fans will be gripped with World Cup fever over the next month, businesses could face HR headaches as a result.

Given the time difference in Brazil, games at this year’s World Cup will take place during the late afternoon and evenings in the UK. While England’s opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 23:00 this Saturday night, is unlikely to cause too much disruption to businesses operating normal ‘office hours’, England’s game against Costa Rica, which kicks off at 17:00 on Tuesday 24 June, could result in employees wanting to leave before the end of their working day.

Late kick-off times also have the potential to result in employees being absent the following day as they recover from the excesses of the night before. On most match days, the final whistle of the last game of the day will not be blown until around 01:00 UK time…

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