Philadelphia Eagles fans make up a large segment of the myHR Partner® team, which is why we were so excited to be a part of a recent Lehigh Valley Business article on how Lehigh Valley businesses are preparing for the upcoming Super Bowl game.
In “E-A-G-L-E-$ With Philly in the Super Bowl, area businesses stand to benefit more than usual,” Tina Hamilton, PHR, acknowledges some unique challenges employers face once a year, and offers insight on how to best prepare and navigate the workplace atmosphere on Super Bowl Monday.
Here’s what Hamilton had to say:
BE A REASONABLE BOSS MONDAY MORNING
What if Eagles’ fans have too much fun – especially the alcoholic kind – on Super Bowl Sunday and don’t show up for work the following morning?
Tina Hamilton, president of myHR Partner in Upper Macungie Township, said business owners have to be realistic about the impact Super Bowl celebrations will have on their operations.
“There’s going to be a significant amount of people who will want off the Monday after,” she said. “You have to be flexible. You have to realize that you don’t want people coming in to work hung over, especially in an industry like manufacturing where that could be a safety issue.”
Hamilton said ignoring the Super Bowl or being too strict with employees isn’t the answer.
Her suggestion is to make adjustments, but reasonable ones.
If an office full of Eagles fans can’t shut down – she said some offices will – management can talk with employees about taking earned time off or using flex time to arrive late.
She said an employer shouldn’t, however, accept all employees calling in sick Monday morning because they partied too hard the night before. Firm guidance is key.
You can read the whole article on LVB.com.