PRESS RELEASE- DATE: Tuesday 11 July 2017

Wimbledon workplace fever at all time high as 75% of managers say they would allow staff to watch or listen to sport in the office

Wimbledon and other massive sporting such as the British Grand Prix, Lord’s Cricket and the Tour de France are hot office topics this summer.

Yet, with staff taking annual leave, the heat of summer and distractions in music and tennis events, managers can often find it difficult to motivate staff.

A survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management, the membership body for leaders, managers, coaches and mentors, demonstrates how crucial flexible working can be to managing staff enthusiasm over the summer.

• 3 in 4 (75%) managers would allow staff to watch or listen to sporting events in the office

• Staff wellbeing (28%) and lower absences (25%) are seen by managers as the two biggest benefits in allowing staff to watch or listen to sporting events in the office.

• 78% said holiday clashes leaving too many employees off was the hardest aspect of managing staff over summer

Speaking to over 200 managers, the Institute of Leadership & Management’s survey found that 45% of managers see sporting events as a tool to boost staff morale.

‘Dress down Fridays’, flexible working hours and picnics were other popular methods. The study also found that managers believed allowing sport to be watched in the office means less absence due to sickness.

Discussing a scenario around permitting four key members of staff to go to a sporting event on the same day, most (34%) said they were happy to allow all four to go if their workload could be covered and the needs of the business allow it.

One manager said: “Opportunities to attend such an event don't come up often, we work together as a team, so the members of the team that aren't attending will cover those that are. The staff that are left behind will have their chance another day.”

Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards of The Institute of Leadership & Management says:

“When it comes to motivating staff during the long summer months, flexibility is key. Employers can try to be accommodating about allowing different working hours and arrangements, so employees can enjoy as much as they can of the summer weather and events taking place.

“This can involve letting staff watch important sporting events in the office, and let’s not forget school sports days- also an important event for many parents. The focus should be on ensuring the work gets done, trusting staff to manage their own schedules so overall productivity isn’t affected”

“Mixing up the work environment can also really boost morale; managers can book meeting spaces that are light and airy and even have team meetings outside.

“Quieter summer months are also perfect for focusing on planning and strategy; encourage staff to do a work MOT or organise an office clear up. There are also great opportunities for team building and company away days outdoors which can give employees a great sense of inclusion and boost motivation.”

 

Notes to editors: Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards of The Institute of Leadership & Management is available for interview. Please contact Lisa.Higgins@InstituteLM.com or 07870226967 for set up and any other query.

The report on Flexible Working can be read here: https://www.institutelm.com/resourceLibrary/FlexibleWorking.html

*The online Institute of Leadership and Management survey was conducted between 22nd June and 3rd July 2017. 208 ILM members and stakeholders took part.

Of those, 58% were men, 40% were women, with 2% no answer. 40% were in the age group 51-60, 25% were in the age group 41-50, 18% were in the age group 60+, 12% were in the age group 31-40, 5% were in the age group 18-30.

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