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'Give sleepy Cup fans a break'
5:00AM Wednesday June 27, 2007
By Alanah May Eriksen

Employers are being urged to go easy on staff who stay up to watch this week's America's Cup races, and not just to win loyalty from workers.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett yesterday said employers should be more flexible with staff who are watching early morning live coverage of Team New Zealand competing in Valencia.

He said New Zealanders were a nation of sports lovers and businesses should take this into account.

"They're not going to be fit to work at 8 or 9am after staying up all night.

"When you hire someone you hire the whole person and what comes with them.

There's no use thinking, 'This single mother of a 2-year-old isn't at work yet, what do I do?' If you have flexibility you will have loyal staff, especially in small to medium-sized businesses."

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