Some Hong Kong firms have allowed flexible hours for staff during the World Cup season, as most of the games are telecast live at wee hours in the morning local time, Ming Pao Daily News reported Friday.
Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN), for example, is said to allow employees to come in to work at 1pm on the ten days when the matches are played in Brazil.
Gladys Cheng, HKBN’s senior manager for corporate communications, was quoted as saying that all of the company’s 2,500 staff has been assured that no benefits will be cut if they opt to come in later. The firm will also seek venues that can accommodate staff and their family members to watch games together during quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Some watch and jewelry shops said they are also considering relaxing office hours arrangements to cater to staff needs.
Workers in the transportation sector will definitely face a dilemma as they will be torn between the desire to watch football and going to work the next day. A Kowloon Motor Bus staff union spokesperson said watching games overnight will impact drivers’ performance.
Francis Mok, president of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, said employers should face the reality and be flexible. It’s better to make arrangements so that staff can enjoy football and come in to work late, rather than drag themselves into the office half awake.
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