Date
26 September 2017
World Cup fever is sapping interest in work, prompting some new recruits to put off work starts until the finals are over. Photo: Reuters
World Cup fever is sapping interest in work, prompting some new recruits to put off work starts until the finals are over. Photo: Reuters

World Cup fever puts the boot into job interest

There’s just hours to go until kickoff for the FIFA World Cup and employees are already hard at work cutting their duties to make sure they won’t miss out on key matches, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

Some workers have reportedly asked for lighter workloads while others have blocked off the time entirely just for the event.

Brazil is hosting this year’s tournament, putting the host about half a day behind Hong Kong. For die-hard soccer fans the difference in viewing time is night and day.

One option for employers is to introduce flexible working hours like Olympic Insurance Agency Co. Ltd., whose owner Paul Law Siu-hung is a soccer fan.

Centaline Human Resources Consultants Ltd. managing director Alexa Chow said more job candidates have asked to delay job starts until after the World Cup in mid-July.

And, on the mainland, websites taobao.com and weibo.com are plastered with advertisements quoting prices for sick notes covering the period.

Mainland media report that one young worker has resigned from his job paying 100,000 yuan (US$16,068) a year to free up his time to watch the matches.

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