World Cup will score own goal for companies

Almost a third of workers will watch the games illicitly, via television, radio or the internet, while one in ten plan to call in sick, a survey of 100 HR directors and over 500 UK employees found.

Despite these figures, HR directors remain convinced the World’s most popular tournament would have not impact on absenteeism.

Jon Clark, human capital consultant at Deloitte, said: ‘It is worrying that so few HR directors have established a formal policy to manage the obvious demand to watch the World Cup.’

Furthermore, Clark warned employees not to forget that football and drinking go ‘hand in hand’, although 94% of directors said they would not allow staff back to work after drinking.

The most popular options put forward by companies that do have some sort of policy include put a big screen in the office, and allowing staff to use flexitime.

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