KICK GOALS WITH STAFF THIS RUGBY WORLD CUP
Written on the 16 October 2015
AUSTRALIAN rugby fans are turning up to work late and tired after early morning games but rather than penalise staff, Randstad is encouraging employers to embrace the World Cup.
The four-yearly tournament is being held in the United Kingdom, with sports nuts braving the time difference to wake up early and watch matches before work.
Randstad Australia employment market analyst Steve Shepherd says as a nation of rugby-fanatics, employers should show staff some flexibility.
"Rather than fighting against the inevitable, I encourage employers to view the Rugby World Cup (RWC) as an opportunity to reward their employees by allowing rugby fanatics to start later on the morning of an important game," Shepherd says.
"If you have great people that work hard, then this small initiative will help to recognise and reward their efforts."
A recent study by Randstad found 51 per cent of Australian workers are expected to be available to work outside of office hours and 56 per cent say they are happy to respond to calls and emails in their personal time.
Shepherd says employers and employees need to strike a balance between work and personal time, to prevent staff resentment.
"Australian workers are a hardworking, dedicated bunch and generally willing to work in their personal time, which undoubtedly impacts their work-life balance," he says.
"Providing flexible hours around the RWC is one small gesture of recognition that employers can easily implement."