Are you a sporty employer?

Research shows that productivity suffers when the nation turns the telly on and this summer is looking like one long festival. Below are a few tips on how to enjoy the sport but still keep the cogs of industry turning.

Summer is just around the corner which means, for many of us, we are heading into a period of sporting utopia. FA Cup final, Leicester and Spurs battling out arguably the most exciting few weeks of Premiership football and then Wimbledon. With the Murray boys in top form and our ladies beginning to push into the higher echelons of world tennis, Britain has never had so much sport to look forward to. Add the Tour de Yorkshire, the Euros and that thing called the Olympics and it's hard to see how we are going to find the time to do a full day's work.

Here's some tips:

Plan ahead

Talk to your workforce about their interests and gauge their likelihood of wanting extra time off if indeed England (or Scotland, Wales or any other country for that matter!), makes it into the latter stages of the Euros. Sort the work roster out in advance to avoid any issues later.

Have a party!

Find a suitable time and place where you can watch the TV and enjoy some team building fun time. Bring the BBQ into work, set up a pop up bar and hire a few deckchairs. By making a determined effort to engage with your staff (and clients/suppliers), your productivity in the run up to the special occasion will remain high or even exceed normal performance levels. Just make sure the hangovers are kept to a minimum or better still are suffered on days off!

Allow compressed hours and flexible working

Negotiate changes in work patterns to suit both your needs and those of your workforce. Early starts, late finishes, split shifts etc

Use temporary labour

Talk to your recruitment agency about bringing in temp staff to cover these periods of unpredictable performance. If your requirements are particularly complicated then start bringing in the temp staff now so they are fully trained up for that mad period when Murray wins Wimbledon, Cavendish wins the Tour de Yorkshire and England wins the Euros ... oh, and then the Olympics start!

Save the date:
Tour de Yorkshire:  Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May
FA Cup Final: Saturday 21st May
Euros:  Friday 10th June to Sunday 10th July
Wimbledon: Monday 27th June to Sunday 19th July
Olympics: Friday 5th August to Sunday 21st August

Nadio Granata is Head of Marketing at Stafflex Recruitment, Huddersfield and Associate Lecturer in Marketing at University of Leeds Business School.
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