World Cup ‘sickie’ advice offered to employers as big kick-off takes place

Bournemouth Echo: IN TRAINING: An aerial view of England’s national soccer team training session at the Urca military base near Copacabana beach IN TRAINING: An aerial view of England’s national soccer team training session at the Urca military base near Copacabana beach

EMPLOYERS are being urged to consider how they should deal with a sudden rise in sick leave and other disruptions during the World Cup.

The tournament kicks off in Brazil tonight, with England’s first match at 11pm on Saturday.

Most matches kick off between 5pm and 11pm, but there could be an impact from workers leaving early to watch matches or calling in sick the morning after a late game.

Jemma Pugh, of Bournemouth law firm Lester Aldridge, urged bosses to review sickness and disciplinary procedures.

They could think about implementing special rules over sickness during the tournament – such as holding return-to-work meetings, requesting a doctor’s note for short absences, or stipulating that an employee must phone in sick to a manager rather than emailing or texting a colleague.

But employers could also consider allowing staff to work from home or introducing flexible hours.

They could also broadcast games at work or allow enhanced internet access at certain times of the day.

Ms Pugh added: “If an employee simply does not attend work, this is an unauthorised absence.

“This can be dealt with under your disciplinary procedure.

“More care will need to be taken in situations where an employee does adhere to your sickness absence procedure and calls in sick – remember that some will be genuinely ill and therefore do not assume that they have taken a ‘sickie’.

“You should meet with the employee when they return to work to discuss their absence and establish whether the illness was genuine.

“If after investigation you find that they were not genuinely sick then you can take disciplinary action.

“Remember to apply this practice consistently to avoid allegations of discrimination.”

Dorset solicitor Humphries Kirk has urged employers to set out their expectations about what staff can and cannot do during the World Cup.

They could consider flexible working hours, while ensuring that staff who are not interested in football are not left to work longer hours.

Audrey Spencer, head of employment at Humphries Kirk, said the tournament could be an opportunity to boost morale and encourage team spirit if handled well.

“Where employers are concerned about an increase in sickness absence or lateness due to ‘World Cup-fever’, these should be monitored,” she said.

“If any unauthorised absence, lateness, pattern of absence or lateness emerges, it may be appropriate to invoke formal procedures.”

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5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Old Colonial says...

"They could also broadcast games at work or allow enhanced internet access at certain times of the day."...............
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...no, I can't think of any remotely printable comments!
"They could also broadcast games at work or allow enhanced internet access at certain times of the day."............... .................... ...no, I can't think of any remotely printable comments! Old Colonial
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6:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

sprintervanman says...

Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.
Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you. sprintervanman
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10:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

sprintervanman wrote:
Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.
I doff my cap to you.

Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee).

Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be.
[quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.[/p][/quote]I doff my cap to you. Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee). Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be. scrumpyjack
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10:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

sprintervanman says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
sprintervanman wrote:
Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.
I doff my cap to you.

Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee).

Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be.
in my company everyone is equal to me as director.If a member of my driving team has a problem or requires time with Family it is resolved without fuss.I ask only one thing of my drivers and that is a clean licence.Without my Lads who work dam hard and allow my Company to turn over good profit a year i would not be in the sturdy lifestyle i have.That is why i respect and will always be 100% behind those who i employ.They are my kings on the road.
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.[/p][/quote]I doff my cap to you. Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee). Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be.[/p][/quote]in my company everyone is equal to me as director.If a member of my driving team has a problem or requires time with Family it is resolved without fuss.I ask only one thing of my drivers and that is a clean licence.Without my Lads who work dam hard and allow my Company to turn over good profit a year i would not be in the sturdy lifestyle i have.That is why i respect and will always be 100% behind those who i employ.They are my kings on the road. sprintervanman
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11:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

scrumpyjack says...

sprintervanman wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
sprintervanman wrote:
Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.
I doff my cap to you.

Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee).

Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be.
in my company everyone is equal to me as director.If a member of my driving team has a problem or requires time with Family it is resolved without fuss.I ask only one thing of my drivers and that is a clean licence.Without my Lads who work dam hard and allow my Company to turn over good profit a year i would not be in the sturdy lifestyle i have.That is why i respect and will always be 100% behind those who i employ.They are my kings on the road.
I completely commend you and can only assume your drivers do too.

Good luck to you and your business ( you could show a few 'successful' bosses I have known a thing or too).
[quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sprintervanman[/bold] wrote: Have given my 20 Drivers North and South Equal time off for the England Matches.Will not be worrying over 90 minutes lost time.Their value into the company over the years is why i can do what i want......value and cherish those who work for you.[/p][/quote]I doff my cap to you. Little things can go a long way (especially if you are seen to come down hard on someone who takes the pee). Thinking a boss is nice and looks after you but equally is someone to be reckoned with if you take the pee is a nice place to be.[/p][/quote]in my company everyone is equal to me as director.If a member of my driving team has a problem or requires time with Family it is resolved without fuss.I ask only one thing of my drivers and that is a clean licence.Without my Lads who work dam hard and allow my Company to turn over good profit a year i would not be in the sturdy lifestyle i have.That is why i respect and will always be 100% behind those who i employ.They are my kings on the road.[/p][/quote]I completely commend you and can only assume your drivers do too. Good luck to you and your business ( you could show a few 'successful' bosses I have known a thing or too). scrumpyjack
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