Five ways to make the Euros work for your business

Five ways to make the Euros work for your business

If you can’t beat them, join them. Whilst this mantra won’t work for the England team in June, it is one that employers would be wise to adoptfor the duration of the tournament.

Employers often report increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and dips in performance over key sporting tournaments. But with the right approach, employers may be able to combine their employees’ love of football with their own goals (sorry).

  • 1)Team building – You might not all be supporting the same team, but the qualifying games that clash with working hours might present a good opportunity to organise a work social event.
  • 2)Networking – Your clients are likely to be just as interested in the football as your employees, so why not encourage them to catch up with key clients over a game?
  • 3)Light relief – Having the games on during work hours in communal areas is a good way to improve morale in the office, and you may find it is more efficient for your business overall than staff watching the games on remote devices or their computers.
  • 4)Flexi-time – If you know that your employees are going to be watching the games, let them work around it rather than prioritising a match over work. You could, for example, think about introducing flexi-time for employees to watch a certain number of games or come in later the day after an evening game.
  • 5)Incentives – Employers could also think of offering their staff the afternoon off to watch day time qualifying games, like England v Wales, if they meet certain targets. Any employers offering tickets as incentives may find they get a huge spike in productivity…

Even if you end the tournament feeling disappointed, your business doesn’t have to!

Rolleen McDonnell is a is a solicitor at leading senior executive employment law firm BDBF.