What practical steps could my boss take to help staff watch sporting events?

Your boss might consider:

  • allowing changes to starting or finishing times, or breaks during the working day. Managers could also look favourably on requests for leave and flexitime;
  • encouraging managers to think about work-scheduling in order to avoid important deadlines clashing with key events where possible;
  • providing a television viewing room for sporting events. This would help to reduce disruption and absenteeism;
  • allowing staff to listen to some events on radios while working. This request should be easy to meet, providing it doesn’t disrupt other staff or public facing parts of the business; or
  • allowing staff with internet access to follow events over online video or audio, in the background, or in their own time at their desks. Whether or not this is allowed, the policy on personal web use should be clarified in advance, as a large number of people trying to access online video simultaneously could put a strain on the organisation’s connectivity if not managed properly.
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