Some points to consider....
Holidays - How are requests for annual leave going to be managed? If there are more requests than the Company can manage managers may look to adopt a fair allocation of holidays. Don't forget that not everyone loves football but that doesn't mean they should not be allocated holidays during the World Cup!
Flexible Working - Employers may consider putting flexible working in place for a short time to allow employees time off to watch World Cup games.
Internet Use - Will employees be allowed to watch the World Cup on the internet at work? Employers may want to consider how this fits with computer use and internet policies.
Clearly increased alcohol consumption may also be a factor for employers to consider!
Employers can put guidelines in place to support employees with requests for time off but also ensure that there is clear guidance regarding increased absence or misconduct.
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