Football World Cup expected to boost UK productivity

Most employers are anticipating an increase in productivity during the World Cup, contrary to numerous reports about rising absence levels, research has revealed.

About 60% of the 2,357 companies surveyed by the Business Link government support service said they would use flexible working practices to help staff balance work and watching football during the World Cup.

Employees will be more productive and enthusiastic as a result of the change in working practices, according to the survey.

Half of respondents said winning the World Cup could have a positive impact on their overall business and less than 12% expected productivity levels to fall.

Business Link said employers could trial flexible working practices during the World Cup and ‘energise’ the workplace.

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