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Managers urged to work out World Cup game plan

With less than a month to go until World Cup 2006, bosses are being urged to work out their game-plan in advance in order to keep staff morale high and protect productivity during the football tournament.

Investors in People is advising managers to invest time now in talking openly with staff about their plans and work out how best to balance different staff needs and avoid resource issues or staff resentment caused by last minute holiday bids or team members leaving early to catch the start of the matches.

Investors in People says that by encouraging staff to be open about their plans, managers can take control of the situation and ensure that no employees are left in the lurch when the whistle blows.

Nicola Maine, director of Investors in People, said, "Staff resourcing is always an issue during major sporting tournaments, but some employers still seem to get taken by surprise.

"Managers need to talk openly with their staff in advance, understand their plans and aim to strike a balance between maintaining business as usual whilst also recognising that some employees will be struck by World Cup fever.

"Obviously different approaches will suit different organisations, but being upfront with staff and involving them in planning ahead should be a priority for all.

"The World Cup presents a fantastic opportunity to motivate staff if approached in the right way. The key is to take action now. By doing so - and ensuring everyone knows in advance what arrangements will be made - managers are more likely to keep staff motivated, retain control of the situation and keep their organisation's productivity on track."

Investors in People is offering the following tips for managing staff during World Cup 2006:

  • Set time aside for a 'team talk' to find out what staff plan to do - you can then make an informed decision about managing your resources.
  • Offer staff flexible working options so they can make up time earlier/ later in their day or shift.
  • Create a rota for finishing early, so everyone knows they will get their chance.
  • Provide a television screen and extend break times while matches are taking place. Employees can then make up time earlier/ later in their day or shift.
  • If appropriate for your organisation, allow employees to bring in radios to listen to the games.
  • Remember that not all employees will be die-hard football fans - ensure that you consult with all staff to ensure that non-supporters stay motivated too.

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