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Now that the Olympic Games are just around the corner and the Olympic Torch is travelling the length and breadth of the country, and employers may want to take time to consider the impact of this major sporting event on their business.

For those employees who were not lucky enough to get tickets, there may be an expectation to be able to watch some of the events on TV or the internet during working hours. Other employers may not be as interested and problems could arise if it is perceived that favouritism is being shown to those employees with an interest in sporting events. It is therefore a good time for employers to make it clear exactly what they expect from their employees during this period.

Flexible working arrangements

Flexible working is a great solution to allow employees to take time out to watch events but to ensure that the business does not suffer. Even if a business does not currently allow flexible working, this could be implemented on a short-term basis.

Employers may consider banning the use of computers to view coverage over the internet as this may impact upon employees’ productivity. However, it may be worth making special provisions in advance for the most popular sporting events; for example, a TV could be set up to allow staff to watch the event together.

Taking time out now to consider the impact of the Olympics on a business can both ensure that employees enjoy the games and that business needs are met.

Lyons Davidson’s employment teams are happy to provide advice on this or any other employment matters. For more information, please contact our Employment Law team or call 0117 904 6000.