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Efficient employee management During the World Cup

Written by Morgan McKinley
Jun 14, 2018
Submitted by Morgan McKinley on Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:55

The 2018 Russia FIFA world cup starts tonight, soon your office will embrace football fever. Due to the time difference, it is highly possible to see many sleepy employees over the next month.

From the management perspective, there is nothing more important than the employees stay focused. To see it from another angle, this is a great opportunity to enhance employee engagement, build loyalty and create a fun and exciting atmosphere around the office.

Flexibility will be the key during the world cup when it comes to what’s best for both employees and the business. According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, 87% of employees felt that having flexibility was either extremely, or very important, in choosing a new job.

According to the recent research, flexibility is more than just allowing staff time to pick their children up from school.   If the work gets done, but not within the usual 9-6 timeframe, does it matter?

Here are some suggestions to improve company morale and spirit during the World Cup:

  • Delay one hour to start work during the World Cup. Considering that employees’ balance between watching game and working, if everyone has a more full of mental state to watch game, then they can also have a more full of mental state of work.
  • When a game happens in the dusk, a football party should be held. Company may provide some meals so that employees can have the opportunity to have fun and socialize outside of work.
  • Hold a competition to guess which team will win the championship. Prizes are not specified, they can be gift certificates or company holidays.


Whether it is a football party or other company team building, the main purpose of these activities is to interact with employees and let them understand that the company cares about their work-life balance. This will undoubtedly enhance their sense of belonging to the company, which will result in loyalty, more enthusiasm for work, and then success.

With careful thought and planning, this football month will help you effectively manage your employees, keep your company running more efficiently, and allow your employees to enjoy one of the most popular sports events in the world.

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