For much of the world, work productivity may take a small dip over the next month as millions of soccer fans become glued to TVs, phones, and computers to watch the World Cup. While restaurants and pubs may see an uptick in business, other employers are considering how to allow their employees to watch soccer matches with the least disruption to operations. Mercer recently surveyed companies in four fútbol-enthused Latin American nations — Argentina (177 companies), Chile (60), Colombia (100), and Mexico (76) — to see how they plan to balance work-life-soccer when their national teams compete among a pool of 32 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, held June 12-July 13, throughout Brazil.
“Global events can make a significant impact on business, and though we can’t predict most of these occurrences, businesses should always plan and prepare for a wide range of possibilities,” said Martín Ibañez-Frocham, Regional Leader for Mercer’s Talent Business in Latin America. “Fortunately, the World Cup will have negligible effect on global business, but individual businesses could see an impact on worker productivity, especially if their country football team continues to win. In many of these locales, we’re seeing businesses turn a potential liability into a benefit and act of goodwill, which can solidify employee brand, motivation, and retention.”
Learn how employers in Latin America are preparing for the World Cup.
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