The 2016 Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 August to 21 August 2016.

11,239 athletes from a record number of countries (206 National Olympic Committees) including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part. The Games will feature 28 Olympic sports and will take place at 33 venues in the host city of Rio de Janeiro and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.

As with any major sporting event, employees may want time off to enjoy the Games. This guide reviews a number of options to ensure that the operation of your business is protected and the morale of your team is enhanced during Rio 2016.

1.  Dealing with multiple leave requests – you may receive multiple requests for holiday at the same time.  You should consider a fair method of managing this and communicate it in advance, such as on a first come, first served basis.

2.  Be fun and creative – Organising a sweep stake or having dress down days is a great way to build team work and a sense of healthy rivalry.

3.  Flexible working arrangements – Offering flexible working arrangements for the duration of Rio 2016 will provide your staff with the flexibility to enjoy the Games.  Provided that time is made up and operational requirements are covered, this option will again build morale and prevent unauthorised absences.

4.  Handling cases of suspected misconduct – Unauthorised absence, persistent lateness and excessive alcohol consumption should be properly investigated and dealt with in accordance with your disciplinary policy.

5.  Introducing a sporting events policy – this will ensure that the operation of your business is protected during key sporting events such as the 2016 Summer Olympics by communicating expectations in advance.

Major sporting events such as the Olympics in Rio can do wonders for the feel good factor, so harnessing this positivity in the workplace often makes good business sense. After all, Rio 2016’s motto is ‘A New World’ (Um Mundo Novo).

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By Bruce Ramshaw

Principal Consultant


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