30/06/2014

By Christopher W. Cabrera, CEO and Founder of Xactly

I don’t know a single one of my British colleagues who doesn’t simply adore what they call ‘the beautiful game’, so it’s unsurprising to see UK businesses buckling up for every football fan’s favourite tournament.

The World Cup will inevitably excite and inspire, but due to the location of the event, the time difference means it also has the potential to serve as a big disruptor for people’s working lives. Staying up late to catch the game is always a no brainer for die hard football fans, so here are five tips to make sure you and your employees make the most out of the tournament this summer:

1. Plan ahead – Football fans will want to watch their beloved team play no matter the circumstances, which means three things: late nights, a few drinks and possibly unplanned absences. Make sure this is addressed well beforehand; be upfront with your team about what is expected of them, and where you are willing to compromise. This encourages staff to request time off in advance, allowing you all to work against a clear plan and minimise any foul play.

2. Offer flexibility - While there is no obligation to allow time off for employees to enjoy international football matches, it should be an option. Offer some flexibility on working hours and location - a little understanding and accommodation can go a long way when improving team morale.

3. Adopt incentives - Use the event as a platform to get everyone excited about scoring some goals of their own. Offer your teams a reward scheme where performance and results are met with time off, maybe even book a table at a sports bar for your star players to enjoy the big game. The atmosphere of collaboration and vibrant buzz of the World Cup should serve to lift spirits in, as well as out, of work.

4. Remember the others - An overwhelming majority of people in the UK are massive football fans, but that doesn’t mean everyone is. People who don’t enjoy football can often feel frustrated and disenfranchised when their lives are made to revolve around the World Cup. Make sure you offer alternative rewards and the same privileges to those people over the course of the tournament.

5. Learn from the experience - When the World Cup finally comes to end and normality resumes for you and your team, conduct a thorough post-match analysis of the event - what worked? What didn’t? What would you do differently next time? Not only will you learn a lot from the experience, but in 4 years time you will be well equipped to take on a bigger and better team through the next World Cup on a path to glory.