Sick leave expected to increase during World Cup

by 11 Jun 2010

Employers need to consider the impact of the World Cup on their workforce and productivity levels when the nation catches football fever later this month, according to Randstad.

The recruitment and HR services specialists predict that Australia’s third World Cup bid is likely to have an impact beyond tired faces at the office.

Employees are likely to watch replays on computers in the office, track their tipping competitions, as well as participate in online forums – particularly as the final approaches, it said.

Randstad’s CEO, Deb Loveridge said there are likely to be some very “late starts” or people “calling in sick” during the two and a half week tournament, especially after Australia’s match against Serbia at 4:30am on Thursday 24 June, and the final match which airs at 4:30am on Monday 12 July. 

“There’s no doubt the World Cup will affect productivity on both a local and global scale. One of the key things employers should consider is to monitor pre-agreed leave days and plan effectively to ensure projects are resourced at normal levels,” explained Loveridge.

“Meetings, projects and deadlines may require flexibility or rescheduling, particularly if staff working on these projects are avid football fans. Temporary staff can fill the gaps where needed. If business leaders understand that work may stand still or ‘dribble’ along, then they may be more inclined to get behind the spirit of the sport and join in the celebration with their people.”

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