Euro 2020 Finals – HR Dilemmas

It’s not coming home after all…

It was a momentous occasion for England, making it into the Euro 2020 Finals against Italy – England’s first major final since 1966 and the first time they’ve made it to the European Championship Final. But whilst football fever took over the nation, employers up and down the country were no doubt facing a number of HR dilemmas, with competing requests for time-off and spikes in unauthorised absences to name a few.

With the Tokyo Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup just around the corner just how do employers effectively manage their workforce?

Employers may wish to adopt a flexible approach and use major sporting events as an opportunity to boost staff morale with a bit of flexibility for fans,  ensuring requests for leave are dealt with in a fair manner without compromising the needs of the business.

It might be feasible to provide a TV screen or to allow staff to tune into games on the radio or online during breaks. Of course, it would be wrong to assume that all staff will be interested in the sport and its vital that those who aren’t sporting fanatics are considered too.

Businesses should be clear on their expectations of staff and use the opportunity to review company guidelines in relation to holiday and absences whilst reminding employees of the relevant policies in place.

For assistance with updating company policies or guidance on dealing with HR issues contact Sarah Collier, Employment Law Partner.