"Let staff watch the Olympics at work", TUC advises employers

British firms are being encouraged by the TUC to offer flexible working or allow staff to watch big events from home once the Olympic Games gets underway.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

British firms are being encouraged to offer flexible working or allow staff to watch big events from home once the Olympic Games gets underway.  

The opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Games takes place on Friday evening, starting at midnight British Summer Time.

But with Brazil being four hours behind the UK, many top events will be taking place in the middle of the day in Britain. 

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have this week offered guidance suggesting employers should talk to their staff about what they want to watch, and offer opportunities to make it possible for them to cheer on the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. 

Paul Sellers, a policy officer at TUC joined Paul Ross on Friday to explain the advice.

"A lot of people will want to watch the Olympics, so employers should take account of that and try to plan for it," he said. 

"Some of the big events and some of the finals will be during the working day. 

"Many companies set things up in the factory or the office to allow people to have a short break and watch a final. It’s a good team-building or motivational tool.

"If you're in the kind of job where you can't do that, take what account you can of flexible working, home working and all the other things you might do to allow individuals to watch.

"Employers always say workers are their best asset, and this is a good chance to show that."

Listen to the full interview above