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How to cope with World Cup fever...
How to cope with World Cup fever

Beware: planning for England's World Cup games involves a bit more than laying on pizza and lager. With kick off fast approaching, there is still time to work out your defensive moves. If you fail to have a strategy in place, you may find performances slump as a result of post-match hangovers and interest deficit disorder. Some staff may fail to retain information about the latest Department for Communities & Local Government initiatives due to Theo Walcott overload.

Training body Investors in People is advising managers to discuss plans with staff, so they can avoid problems with attendance and productivity during the tournament, which starts on 9 June.

Investors in People suggests working out how best to balance different staff needs. And the organisation has drawn up a list of tips for managing staff during the competition:

>> Ask staff about their plans so you can then make an informed decision about how to organise your resources

>> Offer flexible working options so they can make up time earlier or later if they take time off to watch a game

>> Create a rota for finishing early, so everyone knows they will get their chance to watch at least some of the matches

>> Consider providing a TV, and extend breaks while matches are taking place. Alternatively, allow employees to bring in radios to listen to the games.

And don't forget to ask non-supporters what provision they might like: they may even fancy working extra hours to relieve the boredom of listening to Gary Lineker et al analysing missed scoring opportunities. Not everyone is desperate for the start of this full-on football fest, and fans of golf, show jumping or Lost might welcome some kind words from their manager.

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