Managing the ups and downs of the Olympics

Added On: 20th July 2011

Managing the ups and downs of the Olympics

2012 is a particularly busy year for UK sport. As well as the usual big events, including Formula 1, Wimbledon and Six Nations Rugby there are two massive international events taking place which will involve UK teams. 8 June to 1 July sees Euro 2012 taking place in Poland and Ukraine, and 27 July to 12 August sees the biggest of them all – the London 2012 Olympics.

All of these events have the potential to present some big HR challenges and now is the time to start planning how to handle them – are you simply going to react to issues that might arise, or do you want to do something more proactive plan to minimise issues in the first place, or even to make the most of one, or more, of these events to build morale, improve team working or reward staff?

At the very least it will pay to start thinking about how you will handle such things as:

  • Higher than normal requests for time off in these periods
  • Unplanned and unauthorised absence and/or lateness
  • Requests for work from home
  • Internet use during working time

Rather than just reacting to issues if and when they arise, it makes better business sense to take proactive action to minimise the number of issues that are likely to arise. A range of actions can be taken to minimise issues, including:

  • Ensuring that staff understand the company’s policies in relation to things such as:

  • Requests for time off
  • How unauthorised absence or lateness will be managed
  • Company policy on internet usage

  • Developing policies to cope with the unusual circumstances. For example:

  • Requests for increased flexibility in working hours
  • Dealing with requests for time off from employees selected as Games Makers
- Games Makers - the impact on your business

Although these events do have the potential to disrupt normal business activities, if handled well, there are also opportunities to gain major business benefits. There are a whole range of actions which could be used to:

  • Boost team working
  • Improve morale
  • Reward and recognise staff contribution, and
  • Build or enhance relationships with clients

All it takes is some thought and planning and 2012 could turn out to be the opportunity you have been looking for to enhance your company reputation, both as an employer and with your clients.

Feel free to contact us on 01484 602708 if you would like further help and assistance.