When it comes to choosing between a personal life and a work life, sometimes the former has to come first for employees. For example, in 2016 ahead of the series six premiere of Game of Thrones, the smash HBO TV show, a survey revealed that Brits were prepared to pull a sickie after staying up until the small hours to watch the new episode as soon as it aired.
On a similar theme, Currys PC World Business, the enterprise-centric arm of the electronics retailer, revealed the tricks staff across the UK have up their sleeves in order to catch the World Cup 2018. It kicks off in Russia on Thursday June 14 and the company’s survey of 2,000 UK adults found 60% will watch games during lunch breaks and 51% are happy to work late in order to tune in during working hours.
Acting as an incentive for employers to get a solid formation in place to win the tournament their own way, 72% of respondents said office morale would be boosted with matches being shown and 59% said the team would be more united. Half added they’d feel more enthusiastic about their job.
31% of workers expect bosses to show matches whether that’s through TV, radio or even a projector, so seemingly they don’t want to hear excuses. However, a less than optimistic 51% said they’re certain their workplaces won’t show the World Cup but 16% said they’ll still find a way to watch it regardless. Indeed, 27% will open a separate browser to catch games, while 23% will turn to their phones and a stealthy 11% will somehow use tablets to cheer on the Three Lions.
Commenting on the findings, Jim O’Hagan, business development director at Currys PC World Business, said: “With the World Cup just around the corner, Britain’s bosses are heading for another early exit (of staff) if they don’t wise up to what their teams want. Showing the World Cup in the office this summer is an open goal for employers, and one they definitely can’t afford to miss.”
With findings during Mental Health Awareness Week revealing that work is taking its toll on the mental wellbeing of employees and employers alike, perhaps showing the World Cup wouldn’t be the worst idea to offer the team.