Kick off for office team spirit

With England defeating Tunisia in their first match, football fans in the UK and around the world will be watching the World Cup 2018 with bated breath.  
Some employers may be concerned that sporting events of this scale can cause distractions in the workplace, or encourage some employees to take time out of their day to tune in.  However, there is great potential for employers to encourage team spirit, increase employee overall job satisfaction and boost team morale by embracing the World Cup excitement in the office.

Offer flexi-hours

With some matches kicking off on weekdays as early as 1pm, employees who traditionally work 9 to 5 could be given leeway to catch some of the football action. Discuss hours that would ensure customer service and deadlines are met. Advise your team members of their expected hours ahead of time. Allowing your team flexibility in their work schedule is one way of giving your team autonomy and trust, which can in turn improve productivity and job satisfaction.

Set up a match or show games

Some exercise and healthy competition can create the kind of team spirit that often can't be achieved in an office setting. Organising a five-a-side game during the tournament, for example, will help with team bonding both on and off the pitch. Enabling employees to watch matches together can also help to build relationships between departments that wouldn't otherwise happen. Setting aside the conference room or screening the tournament on the kitchen TV (even on mute) will help to make sure that employees who are not interested in the action or have pressing deadlines will not be distracted.

Encourage match day activities

Other ideas could be decorating the office; allowing employees to wear their team's kit on casual Friday; providing match day snacks from the countries competing on the day - all could go some way towards building camaraderie in the office. Encouraging staff to enjoy the festivities can be a positive step and a great reward for their hard work and dedication. 

As we reach the middle of the year, team activities are important for making employees feel valued. By focusing on efforts to improve employee job satisfaction, a successful team can be grown that is increasingly more motivated and, hopefully, more productive at work.

By Mentor

Mentor provides advice on health and safety and employment law. 

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