Off sick or watching the rugby…?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be taking place in Japan from 20th September to 2nd November. This will be the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia, the first time that a different logo will be used, and also the first time that the event will take place outside the traditional heartland of rugby union.

To get your game plan in place, head back to our blog post published on 3rd June for some useful tips to manage your staff during a major tournament:

Many of the games will be played during normal office hours so will your staff be tempted to ditch work and catch the game instead? If you do suspect that’s the case here’s what to do:

  • In advance of the tournament make it clear that levels of absence at work are/will be monitored and any employee who is absent from work without permission on the day of a game, and who does not subsequently provide medical evidence or some other acceptable explanation for their absence, will be subject to formal disciplinary action.
  • Explain that unauthorised or unjustified absences or lateness will not be tolerated, and disciplinary action will be taken against any employee who takes time off work without permission, without providing proper notification or without good reason.
  • Explain that disciplinary action may also be taken against any employee who, following an authorised day’s holiday on the date of a special event, fails to turn up for work at the proper time the following day.