How To Make Your Workplace Euro 2016 Ready
We’re delighted to welcome Alex from Romo Furniture to write about how to handle the upcoming Euro 2016 competition if you’re a boss. Romo Furniture offer a huge range of office furniture including luxury office chairs and desks.
With the Euros just around the corner, you might be having a few worries about how to approach the competition — ideally whilst keeping your staff onside (pun intended). I’ll be honest with you, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place:
Allow your staff to take time off and you’ll undoubtedly see work suffer and potentially fall drastically behind schedule. On the other hand, forcing your staff to work through key games isn’t likely to win you any boss of the year awards.
Let’s be frank, if any of the home nations are playing during working hours, you’re highly unlikely to have a productive workforce for those 90 minutes. Instead of seeing it as a negative, why not grab the bull by the horns and turn the game into an event. Get some food in, get the TV fired up and enjoy the game together (don’t forget your luxury office chairs!) — create a carnival atmosphere if you can! I know that’s probably not the answer you were looking for but, before you write it off, let’s look at the benefits:
- Your staff won’t hate you, you’re joining in with the fun and not forcing them to work through (/spend their day hiding tabs while they watch online anyway)
- Creating a great atmosphere builds team morale — it sounds corny but it’s true. Football is one of life’s great ice breakers and it will help your staff to really relax in each others company
- You get to watch the game too!
On top of that, your staff aren’t completely taking time off. Instead of losing your staff for the afternoon, you’re giving them a well earned break — for about 2 hours in total — it’s not the end of the world. You’ll also have them working right up to that point, this is the typical value exchange — they get to watch the game, have some nice food and have fun, but they have to work for it.
If you can get rid of any negativity you may have felt, you could have a real opportunity to build a strong team and to win your employees over. Don’t pay attention to the hard nosed that are insisting on forcing their staff to work through — the old ways don’t work anymore and an adversarial relationship with your workforce is only going to result in dipped productivity.
If you want to really get into the spirit, get a wall chart, run a sweepstake and get some face paint in! We’d love to hear how you got on and the impact it’s had on morale!