By Daniel Hunter
Businesses in the UK need to at least consider embracing the 2015 Rugby World Cup, or face high unauthorised employee absences, according to jobs market CV-Library.
A study conducted by CV-Library found that one in seven employees plan to skive during the Rugby World Cup in September and October, meaning more than four million workers could skive to watch games rather than taking a holiday.
Just over 40% said they plan to go to work, but still watch matches that air during working hours. But this figure rises to nearly 50% for managers who plan to watch the game at their desks.
Only 5.8% have booked time off to watch the Rugby World Cup.
CV-Library said that given the public interest in London 2012 and last year's football World Cup, there will be a high level of employee engagement again this year. It recommends preparing for, and utilising, major sporting events to avoid workplace disturbance.
Just 10% of those surveyed said their business uses international sporting events for team building, despite more than 80% of workers claiming it would boost team morale and bonding, even if they didn't particularly enjoy the sport. And nearly 62% said they believe that businesses should embrace international sporting events and allow employees to watch them.
Lee Biggins, CV-Library's founder and managing director, said: “Major sporting events are often viewed as a potential disruption. However, if tightly managed, a business can use the sense of national sporting pride as an opportunity to increase staff morale and job satisfaction. Planning ahead and considering ways to embrace international events in the workplace, can actually reduce disturbance and avoid staff taking unauthorised leave.”