You would have to have been under a rock last month to not have heard about the frenzy that was the launch of Pokémon GO. Those who already knew about it were eagerly awaiting its release in the UK. With it though, came a whole host of issues for employers. If ever there was a reason as an employer to check your working policies this was it. With the tidal wave that is digital and social media there will be many more trends and phenomenons to come that could and will affect your employees. Tilly Bailey & Irvine has a range of affordable employment law packages and also a free employment law toolkit you can download that lists all the regulations and obligations you need to run your business.
With one company threatening dismissal if the game is played in work and Boeing finding it had been downloaded 100 times on company mobiles, should employers be considering a Pokémon policy. Although some employees may push the boundaries of what is acceptable workplace conduct, most employees will follow clear and concise rules which are well communicated. It is not however recommended that you follow the lead of one employer who sent an internal memo to staff, warning them not to play Pokémon Go during work hours, or they would have plenty of time whilst unemployed to “catch ‘em all”.