Coping with the World Cup in the workplace has been the subject of many recent media stories, mostly relating to large businesses and organisations. Many smaller companies have concerns about the impact on their businesses - only 25% believe that there will be no effect on employees concentration and attendance, while 16% believe concentration and attendance will be highly affected.
Listed below are extracts from feedback received in Survey BB48 May 2002.
Comments are listed under sector headings.
Views expressed are those of individual panellists and may not represent those of the University.
Many start up/owner managers have invoiceable skills!
However in their first year they have to acquire a whole host of other skills! Although the current courses available teach these skills, (they do not do so) in the context of their skills level or within the context of their business!
There are many training opportunities but none which teach the application of knowledge specifically for their business.
Smuggled tobacco still a major problem affecting trade.
We aim to improve efficiency by getting staff to work smarter. Initiatives range from introducing or enhancing IT tools to departmental reviews of operations.
Re Business Start up: Not only are manuals useful but also the professional services offered by Enterprise Agencies
Our Company are currently trying to overcome the difficulties of dealing with insurers following a substantial warehouse fire. Are other companies aware of their actual insurance policies or do they rely upon a brokers guidance. Have they thought about the "what if" scenario?
Production & Manufacturing
The weakness of the Euro was an initial advantage for mainland European producers, but now they are having to pay more for their raw materials and this is offsetting the currency advantage. I am personally against Britain joining the Euro although I have no problem trading in it.
We intend making provision for employees to see the England games and we therefore see it as an opportunity to spend some time with employees in a social rather than work related situation, which will have intangible benefits I am sure.
[Q12 To what extent do you think that the daytime coverage of the Football World Cup might affect your employees' concentration and attendance?]
What nonsense; if everyone ignored football it would go away. Come to think of it, the same applies to pop music.
Being paid in Euro's is allowing the banks to take big (10%) commissions on transactions.
I believe (the UK) is a world player regarding business and finance our further involvement with Europe is not a bad thing however replacing the pound for the Euro will have a detrimental effect!
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