Our old fictional friend Ebenezer Scrooge had a bone to pick with Christmas. He felt its annual arrival picked his pocket of gold he could be making, save for his begrudging gift of the day off to his abused clerk, Bob Cratchit.
Imagine how poor Scrooge would writhe in anguish in today’s world. Not only do most folks get a few days off for Christmas, but the newly minted sports pocket pickers never seem to end. The Super Bowl. March Madness. The World Series. The NBA Finals. Summer Olympics. Winter Olympics. And this week, Scrooge would be shaking his fist at the World Cup, which, for the information of the few who live in TV-less caves, kicked off June 13.
But while data might be scarce, advice abounds. Lots of folks offer, if not solutions to this problem, at least approaches that will help the employer avoid the Scrooge tag. UK consulting firm HCHR had this advice for harried British employers: “Another option might be bringing the World Cup in to the workplace. Organizations may permit employees to listen to matches, or watch them on television.”
Consulting firm Mercer was Johnny-on-the-spot with advice, with a handsome infographic designed to help employers score a few goals during the Cup’s span. Mercer opined that workplaces in nations outside the United States, lands where soccer – or futbol – rules the lives of the populace, have a much graver situation on their hands. Still, U.S. employers should expect a hit.
Here’s what that flexibility looks like, country to country. Numbers exceed 100 percent because workplaces can offer a variety of options:
TVs in break rooms: