The London Olympics (27th July to 12th August 2012) and Paralympics (29th August to 9th September 2012) are approaching fast. This year also has in store some other very exciting sporting events to include: Wimbledon, Formula 1, Six Nations Rugby which include 2 huge international events involving UK teams; and Euro 2012 which is taking place in Poland and Ukraine between 27th July and 12th August 2012.
The Olympics and Paralympics coincide with the school summer holidays, which is a notoriously busy and difficult, time for holiday requests in any event. Other issues for employers to consider are unauthorised absence and lateness; requests to work from home; drop in productivity and internet use during working time.
Those hoping to take time off may be spectators or volunteers; those not wanting to take time off may wish to watch particular sporting events on the television. Those not interested may get fed up with all the fuss and perceived favouritism toward those allowed to watch the games.
Our advice is to take a proactive approach to these issues, and make the most out of these events to boost business and organisational relationships, build moral, and improve team working.
Key steps for employers:
- Consider introducing flexible working or allowing staff to swap shifts
- If you are unable to make allowances then be honest with employees about the commercial reasons why not
- Communicate with employees from an early stage about holiday, working hours and performance;
- Put in place a Sporting Event policy, setting out rules, procedures and sanctions
- Ensure that your sickness policy is clear and properly implemented
- Deal with holiday requests fairly
- Don’t discriminate