Employers urged to monitor World Cup sickies

This comes hand in hand with Canada Life Group research, revealing that nearly one in ten employees (2.4m employees in total) consider taking a sick day when they are not ill during the World Cup.

Shockingly, on average, employees would take 1.8 days off. Die hard fans, however, even consider taking more than seven working days of unnecessary sick leave.

Employers need to talk to employees early on to manage their expectations and minimise the impact on workplace productivity.

But one of the main issues employers should be considering is flexibility, according to Acas, who is encouraging employers to discuss the possibility of altering start and finish times in the workplace in order to offer employees a longer lunch break to watch football.

Acas has also suggested being clear on what the employer expects from its employees in terms of attendance and performance throughout the World Cup. This not only helps to keep everyone in the know but assists the workforce in maintaining a high performance rate despite a possibly altered attendance.

Furthermore, Canada Life Group highlight that flexible working hours (35 per cent) and the ability to work from home (30 per cent) would discourage employees from taking unnecessary sick leave the most.

John Taylor, Acas Chief Executive, says: “Big sporting occasions can present a number of dilemmas for employers who might be worried about the impact of less productive employees or the after effects of lively celebrations. Employers need to start planning now to avoid problems later on, check policies and procedures and remind staff how these work in practice.”

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