Tips to tackle your football crazy employees this FIFA World Cup 2018

first_imgIn 2014, the final match of the FIFA World Cup was watched by an estimated 1 billion viewers and the complete tournament clocked a viewership of 3.2 billion, globally!Consequently, the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is estimated to become one of the most watched sporting events of the world.In India alone, the tournament’s broadcast viewership is expected to exceed 200 million. With Russia’s emphatic 5-0 victory in the opening match, it’s an unstated fact that a large population of the world of work will look forward to a month filled with football indulgence, cheering and supporting their favourite teams.Revealing the extent of the effects on worker/employee productivity, when asked how the football World Cup would impact work, 74 per cent of interviewees in a recent survey conducted in the Middle East said they would forego their sleep to report to work on time. 7 per cent would go to work late, while 8 per cent would avail their annual leaves, and 1 per cent would simply, call in sick. So, how do you tackle situations where your football-crazy workforce from the APAC region show-up to the office after match night being passive, bleary-eyed and fuzzy-brained?When faced with such a question, most companies think of restrictive or prohibitory measures – This premise in itself is, flawed. Smartphones boosted by affordable data and compelling speeds will only augment the world cup following by employees regardless of the measures put in place.It is for this very reason that an HR department and managers should realize that this is an opportunity to enhance the qualitative impact of their employee engagement policies.advertisementSo, here are a few tips to tackle the football-fever and meaningfully engage employees at work:1. Flexi-time not extra-timeAn opportune interval for companies to introduce a ‘flexi-time policy’ ensuring employees can comfortably balance their work and life needs. This grants employees a control over their time and managing the work efficiently.However, companies need to be articulate with such policies clearly defining and outlining what can and should not be done. This way, employees graciously embrace this privilege while understanding the associated expectations.2. Captain accountable wins the game Teams like any workforce are influenced by the way their captains/leaders perform. So, if your management leads the way by demonstrating meeting targets and goals while still taking time to watch matches, there is no reason why employees won’t emulate.And thus, it’s important to remember that an engaged individual who understands the demonstrated boundaries and expectations of the company is much more likely to be a winning bet.3. Substitutional solutions Employers can authorize leave applications on a first come first serve policy. This will maintain the actual staff requirement while still allowing people to take the time to watch a match or celebrate an outcome.Some experts who are involved in employee engagement believe employers need to allow employees to clear their annual leave during this period.4. Work, play, watch and win togetherManagement can organise a ‘Football Night Out’ that includes food and drinks, offering staff a chance to mingle and bond beyond the realms of work.Employers can hold internal polling sessions and get their staff to submit a vote for their favourite team. Winners can be rewarded with gift vouchers or bestowed with interesting company perks! (Picture courtesy: Petar Stojanovski)Employers today need to move beyond employee satisfaction which refers to how employees feel about their compensation, benefits, work environment, career development and relationship with the management.Employee engagement has become critical today as the crème of any industry’s talent including millennials, feel the need to be emotionally connected with their company.And this should be encouraged as it fosters a spirit of endearing loyalty, more passion for their work and a greater drive to succeed!- Article by Devaashish Savant, Head, Marketing and Communications, Adecco, India)Read: Want to brush up your skills? This is how internships can kick-start your career Read: 5 challenges you face in today’s world due to lack of leadership skillslast_img

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