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Love Spreads Among Music Fans But Not Their Bosses

Friday, 21 October 2011

Businesses in Manchester saw a massive dip in staff productivity this morning as tickets went on sale for next summer's Stone Roses reunion concerts.

The cult Manchester band sold out three nights at the city's Heaton Park in just 68 minutes, making the gigs the fastest-selling rock concerts in UK history.

The mad scramble for tickets at the sell-out gigs not only left thousands of fans disappointed, many businesses were also less than impressed too as staff productivity plummeted between 9.30am and 11am.

The snapshot poll of small businesses across the North West was carried out by business support provider, ELAS, and found that staff productivity fell by around a third for most of the morning.

Peter Mooney, head of employment law for Eccles-based ELAS, said: "The Stone Roses getting back together might be good news for music fans, but on today's evidence they're not good news for the nation's health, timekeeping or work ethic.

"As we often see when highly sought-after tickets go on sale during working hours, fans will stop at nothing to ensure that their jobs don't get in the way of them joining the queue.

"As a result, absenteeism was around double what it was last week, while those who did get to their desks only got around two thirds of their usual work done between trying to buy tickets, then announcing to their friends on Facebook or Twitter how successful they've been."

While there is always room for employers to use their discretion over one-off events which affect productivity in the workplace, Mr Mooney warned them of the risks of turning a blind eye.

"The vast majority of employers allow staff to make the occasional personal phone call from their desk, or deal with personal issues providing they then make up the time lost later.

"The difficulty comes when their staff start to expect to be allowed 30 mins to phone for tickets, or to come in late so they can queue up for the latest 'must have' tickets,  toys, gadgets or computer games.

"Once those staff can point to a precedent where such behaviour has been allowed in the past, it makes it very difficult for managers to enforce stricter rules on other occasions."

For more information about ELAS's employment law services visit http://www.elas.uk.com/ or telephone 08450 50 40 60.




To arrange an interview with Peter Mooney, or for any further information, email ELAS@beattiegroup.com