Will work be flexible during Euro 2016?

Will work be flexible during Euro 2016?

When there's an international football tournament on, there's a lot of people vying for the same holidays at work. Seeing as not everyone can have the same day off, you get a lot of sickies being thrown.

With that, bosses and companies are being urged to be flexible with their employees during the Euro 2016 football tournament.

ACAS, the conciliation service, have issued guidance for businesses, which advises them to offer breaks to those who need to watch matches. You can have a look at that here.

They're right to be concerned about people swinging the lead, as the game between England and Wales is held during office hours.

It'd be better to let staff watch the game if possible, and get them to make the time up later in the day, rather than have them fake illness and leave everyone in it.

Sir Brendan Barber, who chairs ACAS, said: "There's another very important European event happening next month where passions are likely to run high between supporters of various sides."

"The Euro 2016 tournament is an exciting event for many football fans but staff should avoid getting a red card for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period."

"Many businesses need to maintain a certain staffing level in order to survive. Employers should have a set of simple workplace agreements in place before kick off to help ensure their businesses remain productive whilst keeping staff happy too."

In the guideline, it includes a lot of things - here's some of the highlights:

Annual Leave

"Employers may wish to look at being more flexible when allowing employees leave during this period, with the understanding that this will be temporary arrangement. Employees should remember that special arrangements may not always be possible. The key is for both parties to try and come to an agreement."

"All leave requests should be considered fairly by all employees, and a consistent approach to other major sporting events in granting leave. Remember not everyone likes football!"


"One option that may be agreeable would be to have a more flexible working day, when employees may come in a little later or finish sooner, and then agree when this time can be made up."

"Employers may allow staff to swap shifts with the manager's permission or allow staff to take a break during match times. Allowing staff to listen to the radio or watch the TV may be another possible option."

Use Of Websites And Social Networks

"There may be problems around staff watching lengthy coverage via their computers or on personal devices."

"Employers should have a clear policy regarding web use in the workplace and the policy should be cascaded to all employees."

"If employers are monitoring internet usage then the data protection regulations require them to make it clear that it is happening to all employees."

Drinking Or Being Under The Influence At Work

"Some people may like to participate in a drink or two while watching the match or even may go to the pub to watch a match live."

"It is important to remember that anyone caught drinking at work or found to be under the influence of alcohol in the workplace could be subject to disciplinary procedures. There may be a clear no alcohol policy at work and employees may need a reminder."

Here's a link again, for the ACAS report for Euro 2016

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