Rugby World Cup: Trying Times for Employers

The Rugby World Cup kicks off this morning, with New Zealand hoping to end their 24 year wait to raise the Webb Ellis Trophy on home turf.

 

It's hard to forget the agonising World Cup of 2003 final between England and Australia and the fabled boot of Jonny Wilkinson, but perhaps you don't remember that, with the tournament being staged in Australia, all of the games took place in the morning, UK time.

 

How should employers cope with fans of the oval ball who "oversleep" when important games are being played and arrive at work mid-morning to the irritation of their less rugby orientated colleagues?

 

If you intend to have a zero-tolerance approach, make sure it's enforced. If you have facilities to enable employees to watch the games at work, or let them come in late, agree that they have to make the time up.  As always, the key is to make employees aware of what is expected of them.