I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone to be told that the World Cup starts tomorrow. I’m not a hard-core football fan but along with many people I’m interested and excited about seeing one of the world’s big sporting events. I’ll be taking time to watch a few games and I’ll probably be checking up on the scores whilst I’m at work….
HOLD ON! What? I mean is that allowed?
If I do that, then what does that mean for others? Surely we need a policy on this, a working group to define “Acceptable Responsible Soccer Enjoyment”. The ARSE working group can then define an ARSE policy and associated ARSE guidelines which can then be monitored by nominated ARSE watchers.
The amount of HR bollocks that is being spouted over the World Cup is truly amazing. Legal advice, on legal advice, on legal advice. Article after article. “HR World Cup Headache” seems to be the headline of the day. Even my friends at XpertHR are at it…..as David Shepherd rightly introduces the video by highlighting that law firms use this for free publicity but then goes on to discuss some of the same guff that they have been espousing.
I even read that their could be discrimination claims involved, because allowing people time to watch England’s games and not those of other countries could be seen to be discriminatory. Really? No. The country that we live in is England. We are allowing everyone to watch England. There is no discrimination there. Sure if you are not allowing non-English people the chance to watch the England game there may be discrimination but is anyone really recommending that? As for sex discrimination (mentioned as well) just don’t get me started. Women watch football (especially the World Cup) as much as men.
And then all the advice about managing attendance and, drinking and internet usage and blah, blah, blah, blah……….if you don’t have an agreed organisational approach to any of these, it’s not the World Cup you should be worried about, it is your overall level of competence.
Talk about over engineering and sullying what should be a chance to have some fun in the office and maybe even, who know, a little legitimate team bonding. The World Cup has been going on for 80 years, long before HR departments were there to spoil it – we don’t need to start now.
So don’t focus on creating a load of ARSE in your business, focus on the fun. And look on the bright side, England will only be playing three games before they are back home and we were wondering what all the fuss was about, just imagine if you were an HR Manager in Brazil……..