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Should staff get to finish early to watch England?

With England’s next Euro 2020 match set to take place later today, some employers have shared they will let employees knock off early.


Later today comes the most anticipated match of the Euro 2020, where England will play against Germany at 5pm.


With this in mind, the TUC is urging employers to let their staff finish early so they can take part in the festivities of the tournament.


In a release shared by the union, it offered advice for bosses to consider while the sport plays out over the next few weeks.


It stated that employers should talk to their employees in advance about arrangements for key games, arrange for their staff to watch the game somewhere on the company’s premises if appropriate, allow working from home staff to finish early to watch games, allow staff to work flexibly and to come in early or later to finish their shifts, and be as flexible as possible with annual leave requests.


TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, continued: “Millions of workers around the UK will want to cheer on their national teams in Euro 2020 – especially after the tournament was postponed last year.


“Bosses should talk to their staff and try and let people who want to watch the games do so, either at work or at home – and then claim back their time afterwards.”


Why should employers offer this benefit?

Naomi Asher, non-executive director at HR Recruitment Solutions, shared on LinkedIn that employers should consider offering this benefit, particularly today as England goes up against Germany, simply because “they need this”.


The past 18 months have been tough for many employees as they came to terms with new furlough arrangements, working longer hours at home and juggling homelife with their daily responsibilities, therefore offering this small gesture, as Asher wrote, “will be remembered way beyond the Euros”.


She added: “Managers, today is your day to shine! If you can, (eg their role doesn’t impact on life or death) let your team finish early today, they need this.”


Statistics also echo the importance of rewarding staff, as Bonusly previously shared that 63% of employees who are recognised are very unlikely to look for a new job. Therefore, considering offering more flexibility around games could have huge business benefits for an organisation and its people.


Businesses offering early finishes

British estate agency Foxtons wrote on LinkedIn that while it is passionate about property, it is also passionate about football, and is “making sure all our staff can enjoy England vs Germany with their family and friends by encouraging them to leave early today”.


Elsewhere, Dan Tipper, director of DFM Resourcing, shared that he was doing the same, as he said on the professional networking site: “I’ve just made my team aware they can finish at 3pm to watch the football.”


Lastly, Isabelle Eley, a recruiter at Ashley James Group, shared on LinkedIn yesterday a screenshot of a message from the director of the recruitment firm, who said: “In light of England’s success of reaching the last 16 in the Euros (and a cracking quarter so far) we have decided to wrap up early tomorrow so we can all prepare…”

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