Come on England! Employment Challenges for the Rugby World Cup

28th September 2015
Rugby Ball

From an incredible opening ceremony to the shock of one of the favourites getting beaten by a team that hasn’t won a match in over 20 years… the Rugby World Cup has gripped the nation. It seems every second TV advert is focused on the tournament and we’ve all gone Rugby mad. But what about work? Consumer Hub has some important considerations - and the answers.

Flexibility Counts

Although not a viable option for every employer, flexible working could be a way to earn some serious brownie points from your workforce! Flexible working is rarely out of the recruitment headlines nowadays, and showing appreciation for your team by allowing employees to make up missed hours from watching matches on other days, arrive late or leave early could inspire loyalty to your company – improving productivity and talent retention. Now more than ever, feeling appreciated is important to professionals - and this is the perfect opportunity to show some towards your team.

Digital Demand

The Consumer Hub report mentioned digital – another topic rarely out of the limelight - and working constantly ourselves within the realm of digital recruitment means we sympathise entirely! As digital is so advanced, and as almost every team has some sort of digital professional in it, it’s no stretch to imagine tech savvy workers making the most of their skills to stream key matches live at work.

If you don’t want this to happen though, setting out expectations will be crucial. Additionally, if you are happy to be lenient, one way to keep workers in the office and off their phones could be to stream matches yourself on a TV for all staff members to enjoy.

Pulling the Sicky

Consumer Hub warns employers to expect an increase in sick days as perhaps things get a little heated – and alcohol infused – when big matches take place. A gentle reminder about the company’s sickness policy can serve to remind people of what will and won’t be accepted. But, as above, assuming it won’t disrupt the daily running of the business too much, perhaps this issue can be avoided if staff are allowed to watch matches at work or implement flexible working for the duration of the tournament.

Fortunately, England’s first round of matches appear to be over weekends, but we live in a multi-cultural society and not all workers will be England fans! It will be the latter part of the week in which big matches may clash with work days as the tournament progresses.

What We Think

Of course, not every one has the capability to give workers time off whilst the tournament is on. However, working closely with online recruitment we understand what workers want – and flexibility tops the list. If there’s a way to be a little more lenient with regards to starting and finishing work this tournament, we say go for it!

"Consumer Hub warns employers to expect an increase in sick days... when big matches take place."