With Wimbledon now over and Andy Murray having captivated the country’s attention for the full two weeks, some employers may have identified a slight decrease in productivity levels, increase in last minute holidays taken or even an increase in the number of ‘sickies’. And with the Olympics just around the corner, now may be a good time for employers to think about how best to tackle these issues and avoid arguments in the workplace over holiday entitlements or slacking employees.
ACAS have produced some helpful guidance for employers on managing employees during the Olympics and have also summarised some possible problematic and clashing employee situations:
The best way to keep everyone happy is to have a fair and transparent process in the workplace. It is important to make sure that there are clear policies in place, the most important and relevant ones being:
There is nothing wrong with adopting a strict approach in relation to the Olympics, as long as this is applied across the board. However, a more flexible approach, albeit with clear boundaries to avoid some taking liberties, may result in happier employees, better working relationships between employees and also some extra support for Team GB!
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