Love it, or hate it, it’s pretty difficult to get away from sport this summer. Although Euro 2012 is now over, Wimbledon runs until July 8 and then we have the Olympics followed by the Paralympics.
According to a report carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies, unplanned absences from the workplace costs a remarkable 16% of payroll for the average UK employer – and that in an ordinary year, so expect it to be higher in 2012’s summer of sport.
Furthermore a survey from recruitment agents Badenoch and Clark, indicates that 15.7% of those interviewed indicated they would throw a sickie during the Olympics.
So what can employers do? As usual, a stick and carrot approach is probably best.
- Speak to your staff and see what they want – you might be able to adapt more flexible approach to the working day for staff – or alternatively allow access to TV or online viewing during particularly popular individual sporting events.
- Make sure you are fair – don’t reward sports fans at the expense of those people who don’t really like watching sport.
- Make sure you have a tight policy on sickness absence – which applies as much during the summer of sport as any other time. For example, ensure that every person who is off sick, has to speak to their line manager every day they are off sick and consider the introduction of return to work interviews.
Good luck to you – and to the various English British and UK individuals and teams this summer.