Punch the Air from the Old Arm Chair

The UK sporting summer of 2012 will probably be remembered as one of the all time greats.

Of the sporting events on offer we list a few here:

21 June – 10 July Australia’s Cricket Team in England
www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/

25 June – 8 July Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/index.html

1 July Football the European Championship Final
www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.html

19 July – 22 July Golf the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s
www.2012opengolf.co.uk/

27 July – 12 August       The Olympics
www.london2012.com/schedule-and-results

18 August The Football League – start of season
www.football-league.co.uk/page/Home

So how do we cope, keep up productivity, keep our customers satisfied and keep our trusted work force on-side.

Compromise and forward planning

Many ardent sports fans will have managed to purchase tickets for the Olympics and will have conscientiously booked holidays away from work in order to attend. Likewise fans of cricket, football, tennis and golf will have made plans to accommodate the work life balance and will have reserved their time off.

Telly addicts

Most of us however will be glued to the magic box, some lucky souls having invested in HD and flat screens, all of us hoping to ‘Punch the Air from the Old Armchair’ as we cheer on our favourites.

The ad hoc and fair weather fans

In the heat of the moment even those luke-warm casual observers can be caught-up in national ferver as maybe England or the UK’s sports stars are found to be in unexpected finals.

The office might just be empty, unless of course, you have planned for such surges of national pride.

Flexible working

We recently provided flexible working arrangements for staff wishing to go home to see the England –v- France game during the European Cup on Monday 11 June, the game had a 5 pm kick-off so anyone who wished to see it could work through part of their lunch hour and leave early. Those who were not interested in football were happy to cover for colleagues.

The poll

It could be a good idea to take a poll amongst your staff of their favourite sports so that better planning might be achieved; some of the Olympic sports are listed here:

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling.

How to do the best for everyone

ACAS have released two publications which are well worth consulting, the links are below:

ACAS – Flexitime:

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1283

ACAS – Careful forward planning key to making the most of Olympics year

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3674

We hope that everyone has an enjoyable and memorable 2012 even if you only get to ‘Punch the Air from the Old Armchair’  and that yours is the winning team.