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Tax body says firms should help staff keep their eye on the ball during World Cup

01/06/2018 News Team

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) is warning businesses to not let staff feel unmotivated at work during this year’s World Cup as the football tournament hosts many games during working hours causing employees to potentially miss games.

With a busy soccer schedule with over a month of matches across June and July, Clive Lewis, head of enterprise at the ICAEW, advised that with reduced productivity an issue in the UK at the moment, and to avoid staff becoming disinterested during the World Cup, firms should make sure to set out arrangements for when games clash with work.

"There is a month of viewing from the first game between the host nation, Russia, and Saudi Arabia on 14 June, and the Final on 15 July with 64 games in between. Make sure you make clear to staff what they can expect to ensure you don’t face any red cards,” Mr Lewis warned.

He added: “Don’t forget, the World Cup is an excellent time to bond with employees and enjoy some national pride, so don’t go offside and annoy staff.”

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