The British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) is advising Britain’s bosses to consider the Olympic effect not just in terms of the London obsession about how employees will get to work but Whether they’ll bother to come in.
BWCA is reminding companies to have water on hand and to encourage staff to drink their healthy, calorie-free eight glasses a day.
Regular water cooler breaks may not be enough in August, according to the BWCA.
Lindsay Hill, boss of Citation, a firm of employment law specialists which is a member of BWCA, is advising employers to make sure they act to minimise the impact of employee absences, but urges caution so as to not overstep any legal boundaries that could see them end up in court.
Hill said: "There are things employers can do, such as reminding staff of their sickness policy before the Olympics starts. Conversely, if employers do think staff are not absent through genuine illness, disciplinary action taken in haste could backfire."
BWCA suggests installing big screens near the water coolers or in staff canteens and providing time off but within strictly explained boundaries to encourage staff not just to have a pleasant time during the Games but to think well of their employer for the months to come.
The BWCA advises that if you are hydrating your staff with a plumbed in or bottled water cooler to make sure you are delivering hydration safely and hygienically.
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