By Denna Bowman
As football fans across England brace themselves for the vital World Cup match against Slovenia, Michelin tyres joins the businesses taking a flexible approach to allowing staff to watch the game.
The French tyres manufacturer, which operates a plant in Stoke employing about 1,000 people, will have televisions showing the game at various locations around its plant.
Peter Snelling, head of communications at the Campbell Road firm, said: “We can’t have everyone disappearing to watch the match, especially in places like the factory and the customer contact centre.
“But we are being as understanding as possible.
“It’s at the discretion of line managers, but we are trying to be flexible.”
Businesses around the country are realising that making the match accessible to staff could avoid employees phoning in sick.
The match, which kicks off at 3pm, could mark the end of England’s World Cup dreams – or kick start their campaign which has definitely stalled during the past two games.
Other employees are letting employees leave early and make up the hours at another time or work through breaks to accrue enough time to watch the full 90 minutes.