Pokémon No!

George Heron

George Heron

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20 July 2016

Even if you are not totally familiar with what it actually is, the inexorable rise of Pokémon Go will probably not have escaped your attention. It is on course to be the most downloaded game of all time and seems set to overtake Twitter with regards to the number of daily users. The game seemingly has the ability to become all-consuming. Media outlets have reported on instances that include users straying into minefields in Bosnia and walking into the path of moving traffic.

With a large proportion of those who have downloaded the game being adults, it seems inevitable that Pokémon Go will have an impact on the workplace. So… what can you do to combat this?

The answer is that a robust set of policies can be implemented which make it eminently clear that work time is for work. With research suggesting that over 50% of employees use their own mobile devices for work purposes, a ‘bring your own device to work’ policy can lay out the guidelines for employees who are required to use their personal devices during work time. This should make it very clear that non-work usage will be taken seriously and dealt with as a disciplinary matter.

This is not the first time that personal usage of apps/games has been in the spotlight. Earlier this year, research estimated that employees using Facebook during working hours costs the UK economy over £25 billion each year. Again, a robust policy on social media usage can leave employees in no doubt that unauthorised access will be a disciplinary offence.

At Alpha, we have a vast experience in providing bespoke, practical advice on HR and employment law issues. This includes the preparation of tailored policies that are legally compliant and meet the needs of our clients. We are proud of our commercial outlook and do not sit on the fence. If you would like to have Alpha on your side, please feel free to contact us.

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