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Euro 2012: Minimise the impact on your organisation

As Euro 2012 fever grows, employers may want to think about the impact the tournament may have on their organisation.

Between 8 June and 1 July, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2012, will be hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine. As well as those employees who have tickets to matches and will want to take time off, many will also be keen to watch matches on television during the tournament. For organisations already struggling with the extra 4-day Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend and the Olympics this year, Euro 2012 poses yet another potential headache.
 
However, there are various things which employers can consider doing to minimise the impact of Euro 2012 in the workplace and ensure it doesn't harm productivity. Setting up a tv room in the workplace where staff can watch certain pre-agreed matches can help manage attendance and minimise the risk of unplanned absences. Coupled with a robust policy on staff internet use, it can also help discourage staff from watching matches online during working hours.

It's also worth considering introducing a temporary flexible working arrangement whereby staff can effectively 'bank' time to watch matches by making up the hours in advance. However, it's worth bearing mind that any such arrangement would also have to apply to staff who are not interested in watching Euro 2012 matches, to ensure fair treatment of all employees.

Making sure that everyone gets the chance to have their say on which matches to watch is also crucial. If employers allow the matches to be watched at work then it should be fair and remember not everyone wants to watch UK teams. Any workers from outside the UK should be given the chance to watch matches involving their national teams. Tensions can run high during the tournament itself, so agreeing in advance a clear system for selecting matches to watch can help avoid any disagreements later on and ensure that everyone feels fairly treated and included in the process.

Acas offers training courses on absence management and flexible working to help employers cope with the impact of events in 2012 such as the Olympics, Golden Jubilee and Euro 2012.

Visit the Acas training and business solutions section for more information.

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