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8 June 2010

Less work, more illness expected during World Cup

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Employers are expecting a rise in sick leave and lower productivity during the two-and-a- half weeks of the World Cup competition.

Recruitment & HR services specialists Randstad said because many Singaporeans are passionate about football, the World Cup is likely to have an impact beyond tired faces at the office.

It said employees are likely to watch replays on their computers in the office, have post match discussions, as well as participate in online forums - particularly as the final approaches.

Karin Clarke, regional director (Singapore & Malaysia), said businesses, especially those which are tightly resourced and still trying to recover from the recent financial crisis, may find World Cup Fever irritating and a major distraction.

Instead of dampening people's spirits and expressing their frustration, she said it's an ideal time for bosses to embrace the spirit of the sport, and build employee morale through celebration and a culture of teamwork.

She said meetings, projects and deadlines may require flexibility or rescheduling, particularly if the staff working on such projects are passionate football fans. And temporary staff can fill the gaps where needed.


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