This time next year the greatest sporting event in the world will have begun. So what should employers be thinking about in preparation?
ACAS have published guidance to assist employers on making sure they get the best from their staff and to reduce the risk of unauthorised absence during the event. The guidance covers the following:
- Managing attendance - start discussions with your employees about their plans. Keep your policy simple, possibly on a ‘first come, first served` basis for booking leave, but do put together some guidelines.
- Working flexibly - this is worth considering, even if only as a short-term measure.
- Dealing with performance issues - do not ignore potential issues. For example staff may try to watch lengthy coverage from their work computers. A way of dealing with this would be to plan for popular sporting events in advance. Access could be given to a TV during agreed times.
- Volunteers - make sure you understand the legal rights of volunteers and the responsibilities you have towards them. Volunteering can improve your employees` skills but this needs to be balanced with protecting your business interests. Many volunteers will be giving up 3 days for training and 10 days for work. Employers could consider matching leave with special leave. Acas will be publishing advice on volunteers in the Autumn.