Most employers will allow flexibility over World Cup

Just
over half of employers in the UK are planning to allow their staff to watch
England World Cup games at work, according to research.

The
survey by recruitment site fish4jobs also reveals that almost a fifth of
employees have flexitime arrangements in place allowing them to take time off
work to watch key games.

A
total of 12 per cent of staff plan to listen to the matches on the radio and 5
per cent intend to work from home.

However,
nearly a third of staff report that their employer has made no provision for
them to watch the games and 14 per cent are thinking about calling in sick to
watch key games. According to the survey more than three-quarters of employees
think it is acceptable to call in sick during the World Cup.

Jonathan
Turpin, CEO of Fish4jobs, said: "Many employers recognise the World Cup is
an opportunity to create a feelgood factor within the workplace. Our study
reveals employers providing flexible working arrangements for staff and
opportunities to watch the games on TV are less likely to experience
unauthorised absenteeism ."

By Ben Willmott

 

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