Insurance Praseeda Nair · 6 June 2018
Here’s how likely your staff are to pull sickies during the World Cup
UK businesses are set to lose 13bn during the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to unauthorised staff absences so how much do you trust your workforce, and what sickie excuses should you be prepared to hear? After polling over 2, 000 UK workers, experts at FootballTips.com, all respondents admitted they had at least some interest in the upcoming World Cup in Russia and planned to follow the games live. When asked how many days off they planned to take off from work during the tournament, the average answer given was seven days. While many workers will abide by workplace rules and use their annual leave entitlement, a significant number were already plotting unauthorised absences. The average number of unauthorised absences expected for each football fan was four days. Using a seven-hour average working day, researchers calculated that each fan would miss 49 hours of work, of which 28 hours will be unauthorised. Taking into account average earnings of 13.94 per hour, UK businesses could lose over 13bn due to football fans pulling sickies during the World Cup to watch matches live.
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