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Acas launches new guidelines to help businesses maintain a productive workplace during the World Cup

Thursday 27 May 2010

Acas has issued guidance to help employers get the best from their employees and avoid absence during the football season this summer.

In anticipation of the World Cup, Acas urges employers to start talking to employees early to manage their expectations and minimise the impact on workplace productivity. Acas encourages employers to be:

  • Flexible, where you can, for example, by altering start and finish times and allowing longer lunch breaks so that staff can watch games during the working day
  • Clear about what you expect from your employees in relation to attendance and performance
  • Communicative - start talking early on about managing leave and working hours
  • Honest about how you will manage changes to working practices and where this isn't possible explain the reasons for this
  • Fair about the way you respond to requests for time off.

John Taylor, Acas Chief Executive, says:

"Big sporting occasions can present a number of dilemmas for employers who might be worried about the impact of less productive employees or the after effects of lively celebrations. Employers need to start planning now to avoid problems later on, check policies and procedures and remind staff how these work in practice."

Acas offers a range of guidance on everything from flexible working to holidays, time off and managing attendance. Visit the Acas website for further details and guidance at .

Notes for editors

Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent. members.

If you would like to speak to an Acas expert on the impact of the World Cup in the workplace please contact the press office:

  • Clare Carter, Press and PR Manager on 020 7210 3688
  • Lou Owen, Media and Marketing Officer on 0207 210 3920.