Bosses Urged to Allow Time Off so Staff Can Watch Euro 2016 Football Matches


UK conciliation service Acas launched new guidance to help business leaders prepare for potential issues and avoid workers being given a “red card” for sloping off to catch games during the tournament, which starts on June 10.

Acas said firms should have agreements in place to cover time off requests, sickness absence, website use during working hours or watching TV during the tournament, which runs until July 10.

Some games, including the encounter between Ireland and Sweden, will be held early evening, which would make watching the march difficult. Northern Ireland is also scheduled to play two 5pm weekday matches in Group C.

The Euro 2016 tournament is an exciting event for many football fans but staff should avoid getting a red card for unreasonable demands or behaviour in the workplace during this period.

As Euro 2016 will be all the news for the next month assessment company cut-e has created a free ‘gamified assessment’ for HR football fans, themed around the forthcoming UEFA European Championship.

Called the GoalMind challenge, it tests decision making and provides an example of how gamified assessments can be used in recruitment.

In the one-minute game, you have to decide if the ball crossed the goal-line. At the end, you receive feedback on your performance and how you compare against other football fans in different countries.

The high scores are listed for individuals and the ‘team scores’ are amalgamated to show which country’s team is ‘leading’ the tournament.

“Our assessment test designers have created a fun, competitive game which puts you in the role of a referee and shows you different scenarios in which you have to make quick and accurate decisions,” said the Chief Operating Officer of Aon's Assessment Solutions.

“This is a little like a realistic job preview for referees! The faster you decide and the fewer mistakes you make, the higher your score will be. If you score well, you’ll lift your country up the rankings and you’ll also be qualified to yell at your TV if any controversial refereeing decisions are made at the Euro 2016 tournament.”

The GoalMind challenge is available in multiple languages. You can repeat the game as often as you like, to train your brain, boost your reaction speed and improve the overall score for your country team.

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