Across LinkedIn, employers have shared that they have given their staff extra time off this coming Monday to celebrate the final.
Earlier this week England beat Denmark in the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament, which will see the Three Lions now take on Italy in the final this Sunday evening.
As a result, employers are being encouraged to let staff start slightly later on Monday morning, due to the likelihood of a few sore heads, or to give them the day off to celebrate a potential win.
After several predictions were made that almost half of the UK population would call in sick after the semi-finals earlier this week, giving staff time to recover after the final would ensure employers do not lose any crucial employee engagement and productivity during the working day.
This is something that Marcus Beaver, UK and Ireland country leader at Alight Solutions, agreed with, as he said that the “gesture would do wonders for employee engagement”.
“Employers: now is the time to stop talking about employee wellbeing and actually do it,” he shared.
“An 11am Monday morning start rather than the usual 9am would help ease sore heads for the estimated 30m people that will be tuning in on Sunday. Employees have had a tumultuous year and a half, and the gesture would do wonders for employee engagement. After all, there is no illness quite like that of a hangover.”
Employers follow suit
Across LinkedIn various employers have shared that they will be letting staff members enjoy a lie-in or a day off. Katy Wilde, group HR director at PayPoint, wrote: “We are gifting our people an additional day off so that everyone can enjoy the game on Sunday night without the worry of an early start on Monday morning.”
Elsewhere, Tony Higson, director at ACS Stainless Steel Fixings, shared that the firm has awarded all staff an extra day of paid leave to celebrate the upcoming match. He added: “We expect/encourage most to take the extra day Monday, but those that don’t intend to have a few on Sunday night can use it later in the year.”
Similarly, Tamara Landeg, associate director of CPL, stated that the business had awarded employees with a later start on Monday morning, as she wrote: “Good luck England and thanks CPL for an 11am company start Monday.”
Chris Donnelly, founder of marketing agency Verb, also revealed on the professional networking site that he was “giving everyone Monday off work”.
He pointed out that the day off was more then just about football but was a time for employees to see their “favourite people” after the difficult year everyone has been through, adding that other companies should also follow suit.