Productivity to dip during SWC

2010-06-08 12:25

Johannesburg - Workplace productivity in South Africa is expected to drop over the World Cup, with several matches to be played during office hours, Productivity SA warned on Tuesday.

"Workplace productivity is bound to be affected and employers should be concerned about the issue of employee absenteeism and the resulting productivity loss," senior researcher Motlatsi Gabaocwe said in a statement.

Productivity SA said the international research report Europe Talent found in 2006 that the World Cup could increase employee absenteeism, resulting in lost productivity.

During the European Championship in Portugal in 2004, tens of thousands of Dutch workers phoned in ill with the number of absentees rising 20% on days when the Dutch national side played.

"The actual level of absenteeism is likely to be higher due to post match celebrations or lack of sleep as fans may stay up late until the early hours of the mornings to watch matches," said Productivity SA.

"For business, this could translate into millions of man-hours of lost productivity."

Policy on World Cup-related absence

The economy was gathering momentum after last year's recession, job losses at the start of 2010 and recent strikes, said Productivity SA senior researcher Michael Ade.

"It is imperative that companies maintain and improve on productivity during the month long period of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament," he said.

Companies needed to implement measures which would both minimise the impact of productivity disruptions because of absenteeism and accommodate workers' desire to watch the games.

Productivity SA suggested that companies institute a clear policy on World Cup-related absence and the use of alcohol in the workplace, and encourage staff to take leave or time off to watch matches rather than being present at work but unproductive.

It advised that companies encourage team work and set measurable targets with time off to watch matches for those who met these, encourage business meetings via telephone conferencing or video calls, and encourage lift clubs to avoid traffic congestion and delays to and from work.

It also recommended that companies consider installing television sets in boardrooms or workshops and show selected, popular matches at work to prevent staff leaving the office for hours.

  - Sapa

  • erewhon - 2010-06-08 13:09

    How can you tell?

  • Mzimkulu - 2010-06-08 13:10

    This is not entirely true. The late matches will start at 8.30pm. This is normal for South Africans as PSL games start at this time ending at 10.15 which is not very late to go to bed. The only games that people don't watch are the UEFA games which start late. In any event people are going to be choosy on which games to watch. If a game is not to your liking you could only watch the first half and go to sleep. Some people do with six hours of sleep. So, why the fuss.

  • Yebo 2 TV - 2010-06-08 13:21

    At least if there is a tv in the office you can have your own mini Fanpark with people you know, enjoy the game and do some work when things are not going your teams way!

  • Peter G - 2010-06-08 13:24

    This is the most pathetic and unresearched article written in a long time. Re several matches: Virtually every day in the first three weeks of the SWC features matches at either 13h30 and / or 16h00 hours. Major transport companies have already informed their customers of road closures and delivery difficulties during the SWC. Can some one please do some research into previous SWC's and do some decent comparisons with proper prognosis before publishing such vague drivel as this

  • Chief Director - 2010-06-08 13:42

    my staff have already been warned not to take chances and anyone that does not have a sick note for being sick mon-friday will get a warning letter one stadd are aware that there is a time to play and a time to work and during my business hours 08:00 -16:30 the time is to work.

  • D5 - 2010-06-08 13:59

    @ Chief Director your' a moron - wonder how you even have a computer when you can't even spell STAFF

  • soccer fan - 2010-06-08 14:35

    the company i work for has put together a memo which allows staff to watch games during work hours or if we have tickets to attend them and not take the time out of our annual leave (unless we r going to be out of the office the whole day). whatever time we spend watching games we need to cover up to ensure that we meet our productivity targets.... its fair because we get to enjoy the world cup and carry on with business as usual

  • Quentin - 2010-06-08 15:02

    I love this statement by Mzimkulu: "The only games that people don't watch are the UEFA games which start late." - Some people must watch them, surely you haven't asked everyone? We all have to face it, the distraction of SWC games is a reality. Some people will find a way to make money, and others will lose money.

  • Quentin - 2010-06-08 15:03

    @ D5 - Don't you mean "you're a moron"?

  • Steve@Chief Director - 2010-06-08 15:07

    I agree totally.Our staff have been told the same. Any absenteeism will not be tolerated. Disciplinary measures will be instituted against any staff member who does not present a doctors note. Everyone will also be alco-tested every morning, and we have a zero tolerance. If found to be slightly intoxicated, means immediate dismissal.

  • Julius - 2010-06-08 15:18

    If my baas will fire me because im not at work i will burn his factory

  • Realistic - 2010-06-08 15:28

    Quite a few people are living in a fools paradise. Its the first time a world cup is being held on African Soil. Do you honestly think that peopl are going to be productive. Its going to be one long month of football and partying... Whether Cheif Directors like it or not... And even if you manage to fire someone for non-performance during the world cup, good luck trying to explain to the CCMA afterwords... Be realistic. Accept the facts for what they are. Plan accordingly. If you have a business where staff are required to be in the office than organize temp staff, etc... Dont be party poopers during the biggest party ever! NO matter how much money is at stake... Money and productivity are not the most important things in life! Live a little, give a little and stop being so damn greedy all the time!

  • Maroro - 2010-06-08 15:32

    Companies should at least organise Tvs for their staff, that way everyone scores. It is better to lose 2 hrs of production than to lose the whole 8 hrs, after all this is a once in a lifetime event. D5 you're right, chief director is really a MORON. I don't know how did you become a director, you don't deserve it.

  • JimV - 2010-06-08 16:00

    D5 shouldn't point fingers until he/she/it learns how to spell "you're" - we all know what Chief Director means, he probably just hit the "D" instead of the adjacent "F" on the keyboard. My middle finger's pointing at D5.

  • Urban Energie - 2010-06-08 16:06

    Media have portrayed the ultimate sense of excitement and hype surrounding the SWC which has by far superseded any event hosted in South africa, Just look at every car around you and every shop window.In the History of South Africa have you ever seen a more proudly South African Nation.As a Corporate institution it is imperative to consider the vital importance of employee productivity and the implications that positive or negative morale holds within the infrastructure of a business. Not entertaining the SWC hype wouldn't be detrimental to the success of a business however it would would certainly be beneficial in elevating staff morale within the core operations of any corporate institution.As Urban Energie have done for our corporate clientele, maybe consider budgeting affordable entertainment for your staff by supplying at least a screen,guaranteeing staff attendance and excitement which inevitably would cascade into the work at hand!

  • Mkize J - 2010-06-08 17:20

    Peter G, please read the article carefully before jumping to hasty conclusions. This is a warning to companies on the negative impact that absenteeism may have on productivity, during this exciting time of our lives. Realistically, workers productivity will drop. The article then outlines recommendations as to how companies can limit, if not avoid such a situation. The only prognosis we will have to do here, is on u. Lets be honest n realistic here. It does not take a rocket scientist to decipher the potential negative effect on productivity. By the way, the article is not conclusive but sounding a warning to companies and giving recommendations..

  • Seconfi - 2010-06-09 09:11

    Ek stem saam..

  • Mkateko Mashimbye - 2010-06-09 09:58

    I'm preparing my self to go and support my country, Gauteng premier has decided to give government employees half day off on Friday. feel it it is here

  • Grampy - 2010-06-09 10:25

    we are a small company and do not have unlimited capital reserves. we have just had the worst resecession in 50 years and this may spell the end to many. who will employ the staff if one must close? Time off has been allowed for keen followers to attend games where asked for and a TV is on site. However we will not be pressganged into accepting it is aright to to cock a snook at the employers. if you are fair ccma will not come down on your company.

  • D5(Ren) - 2010-06-09 14:08

    @JimV or whatever - get a life - it was a sarcastic comment from Chief Director and my response the same, "you're" is a contraction, i know that. I used your' as a slang so pardon me, I know a place where you can stick "your" finger though

  • Penny - 2010-06-21 07:33

    Why would I do that.These boys are spoiled.I dont like their style!

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