So after a second weekend in a row of Old Firm football in Scotland, this question was posed to us:
“Is it okay to wear football colours in the workplace?”
The answer we thought was fairly straight forward but clarification is needed.
While working on site or in an office, how acceptable to you consider it to be if one of your workmates comes into work wearing attire of a rival football team or in fact any other football team?
Instantly you’re thinking that this is totally unacceptable? Yes?
Football Colours In The Workplace
Why would it be acceptable to be still sporting the colours, from the weekend, when you are in the workplace?
Is there anything else that is so far from the work life reality as a football mentality, I wouldn’t say there was much?
Would it be acceptable if you came into workplace with a few pints and your mates? Easy answer again, No.
Problems With Wearing Football Colours In The Workplace
Would you come into the workplace and shout abuse at a colleague who you feel had messed up with a decision or hadn’t put enough effort in that day? No.
Would you come into the workplace singing songs, Dependant on the club – sectarian ones at that, about how good a staff member or how much you hate a rival company? Unsurprisingly… No.
Is it any wonder then that 99% of employers will have a strict no football colours allowed in the workplace rule?
Can you imagine if people were allowed them on?
Monday morning coming, one group on site is absolutely delighted with the weekend, and season results, and another group is gutted and angry that their team have fallen to such depths.
Its asking for trouble as one comment is enough to spark at the least an angry debate.
If you ban them then this issue won’t arise, yes they may have a chat about the weekend’s results and yes there may be a slight disagreement about who is better Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but if you allow a football mentality into the workplace then problems can only arise quicker.
We hope that you have found this information useful and wish you the best in relaying the information to your workforce, if they need it. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.