Euro 2016 – Employers ‘no own goal’ Guide

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping from football at the minute. We’re currently slap bang in the middle of Euro 2016, and England have gone through to the knock-out rounds (skill or luck, opinions are divided…. especially here at the HRREV offices!).

Between now and 10th July, when the tournament draws to a close, there’ll be some key considerations that you’ll have to make to ensure that it’s business as usual in your workplace, as far as possible.  Here, we tell you what you need to know.

Be flexible wherever possible

Trying to bury your head in the sand is very rarely a good idea. Acknowledge that the football is a topical issue at the moment, and that you may well have members of staff who want to tune into the games. Consider reworking your timetables to accommodate any requested time off, or make provisions for watching big matches in your office environment.

Operational requirements should always be at the top of your agenda, but if you’re organised, it’s very possible to offer a degree of flexibility without it having an impact on productivity and output. In fact, you’re likely to find that it will boost morale and motivation, which is always a positive thing.

Always apply your existing people policies

You don’t have to start from scratch and create a policy that handles the implications of sporting events. It’s very likely that everything you need will already be covered in your current policies and practices, including provisions around annual leave, sickness absence, and alcohol in the workplace.

If you suspect that your documentation is no longer fit for purpose, or that changes need to be made to ensure that you’re compliant with relevant legislation and best practice, then take this as you cue for getting things sorted.

Consider your stance on social media usage

Social media usage is another consideration that you may well already have covered within your existing policies. It’s a relatively new issue though, and it’s important to consider the fact that your staff may be turning to social platforms and online news sources to stay up to date with the latest scores and commentary.

A web use policy should encompass what’s acceptable and what isn’t, and it should be very clearly communicated to all employees. Remember to keep things fair. It wouldn’t be a good idea, for example, to allow football fans to use social media during Euro 2016, and apply a blanket ban on usage for other reasons. Remember that not everyone is interested in the game!

In just a couple of weeks, football will become a distant memory for many people. In the here and now though, it’s important that you consider your role as a leader and ensure that problems and issues are sidestepped wherever possible.

Not to offend any of our European colleagues and clients but…. COME ON ENGLAND!

If you need any guidance, please do not hesitate to give HR Revolution a call 0203 538 5311.

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Motivate yourself today!

We all like to receive positive feedback from our bosses, clients and colleagues; it puts a spring in our step allowing us to simply glide through the day. It’s like being given a little pat on the back by happiness itself and I don’t know about you but it motivates me to try that bit harder to do even better. Yeah right, that never happens to me I hear you say!

Well you are not alone. Most staff feel they are never congratulated or praised nearly as much as they should be, leaving them feeling unappreciated and even, well, a little sulky. And the fact is the more demanding your role the more likely it is you are facing negative critic let alone a “well done or thanks”! This sadly has the absolute opposite effect on your motivation leading to a more stressful working environment and there is nothing uplifting about that.

But I say, let’s face this negativity head on get motivated. Here are a few simple steps that can help…

The first rule, start the day as you mean to go on! Prepare yourself for a positive constructive day; it makes a huge difference and you will feel uplifted and your momentum will follow you throughout the day… you will be amazed at how much you will get done!

Surround yourself with positive, employees that enjoy their work and are driven, high achievers. There is no room for Mr(s) Whingy in our team…. any negativity should be stamped out!

Be proud! Your work is an important part of your life, you spend more hours at work than at home so treat your job, whatever it may be, with pride and you will feel your motivation elevate along with your success! Even if your role is not your ideal job there is a reason why you are doing it, so aim high and you will be rewarded; even if it’s with your own self-satisfaction that you’re doing it to the best of your ability!

When you can be satisfied with your work ethic and attitude, then you are truly living life the way it was meant to be lived and will stay motivated everyday… You never know, your new found happiness may just be catching and others might just give you the “well done” or “thank you” that gives that mini fist pump feeling after all.

Let us know if this helps, or if you want to share how you get motivated at work, we’d love to hear from you!

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