4 Reasons to Trial Flexible Working during the World Cup
It may be only days away but itΓÇÖs not too late to turn the World Cup into a flexible working triumph for your business. Here are four reasons why the worldΓÇÖs most hyped football tournament is also the ideal opportunity to trial flexible working.
1. Reduce absences
The majority of EnglandΓÇÖs matches are taking place outside the 9-5 workday, but that doesnΓÇÖt mean your workplace will be safe from World Cup-related absences.
In fact, a survey conducted by YouGov last month found that 25% of men aged 25-34 already plan to ring in sick so as not to miss out on matches and celebrations. How much will that increase once the World Cup is in full swing?
Offering a more flexible working schedule will give them one less reason to throw a sickie.
2. Be better prepared for 30th June
From 30th June, all workers in the UK will have the right to request flexible working opportunities from their employer. Moreover, another recent YouGov survey found that 26% of workers plan to make a flexible working request once the new rules are in force.
You donΓÇÖt have to grant their request ΓÇô but you do have to give it serious consideration. Trialling different types of flexible working now, such as flexi-time and homeworking, will enable you to make your decision based on what works for your business.
3. Avoid damaging morale
How to boost morale is one of the biggest questions surrounding the modern workplace. As we all know, it can improve productivity, team working and even staff retention.
World Cup excitement is a natural morale booster in the office (at least until the end of the group matches ΓÇô after that, well, weΓÇÖll see). Best of all, you havenΓÇÖt had to do a single thing to create the change.
Do you really want to be the one to bring down the upbeat mood? Offering flexible working should help more of your team to enjoy the World Cup ΓÇô whether that means getting home in time to catch a 5pm kick-off, or being able to enjoy late night post-match celebrations.
4. No-commitment fixed-term trial
Not convinced that flexible working will work for your business? The World Cup provides the ideal opportunity to trial it for a fixed period.
By making it clear to staff that these are special arrangements for the duration of the tournament only, itΓÇÖll be easier to revert to regular working patterns after 13th July. If, of course, it doesnΓÇÖt work.
Then again, you may be pleasantly surprised by the results and may actually want to integrate some flexible working practices into your workplace on a more permanent basis.
Bosses – how are you planning to make the World Cup work for your business? Will you be giving flexible working a go?
Read more on the officebroker blog:
- Flexible Working 2014: Are You Ready for the New Rules?
- 4 Ways to Give Employees More Control Over their Workspace
- Growing Your Business? 4 Ways a Flexible Office Could Help