'Britain's Best Boss' Gives Staff The Day Off On Monday After England's Euro 2020 Final
A man who has been described as 'Britain's best boss' has decided to give his entire team the day off this coming Monday so they can really get into the spirit of England's Euro 2020 final against Italy.
Thirty-year-old Chris Donnelly told his 65 staff members that they wouldn't have to come into work following the historic final - the England men's football team's first major final since 1966 - whether England win or not.
Donnelly, who is the chief executive of Verb Brands, said that he wanted his workers to enjoy the 'once in a lifetime opportunity' and - presumably - sink a couple of chilled beverages while they do so.
He said: "This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity when it comes to England and I want everyone to enjoy it. Besides, this is about staff welfare.
"With all the stress of the game there will be enough to worry without the thought of work the next day too."
This isn't the first time that Chris has shown his credentials as 'Britain's best boss', as he offered staff the day off on 12 April so that they could go out and sit in a pub garden when the hospitality industry reopened again after the third lockdown.
He's also urged the government to consider organising an emergency bank holiday, should England go and win the thing.
On his LinkedIn page, he posted: "I am giving everyone Monday off work.
"History is being made and it's only right that everyone gets to witness it - without having to think about work the next day.
"This is about more than just football."
"It's about spending time with our favourite people, feeling a real sense of national pride and having something genuinely brilliant to celebrate.
"Whether you like football or not, another day to spend with friends or family after the year we have just had is essential.
"I think other companies should follow suit and wouldn't it be amazing if the government did too!
"I hope the team enjoy their time off!!"
So far, Boris Johnson has been keeping his cards close to his chest on whether a bank holiday will be declared should England win.
Yesterday he said: "I think that would be tempting fate - let's see what happens."
However, Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for the day off in the event of a win for Gareth Southgate's side, telling Mirror Online: "The whole country is incredibly proud of what Gareth Southgate and our England heroes have achieved already. History has been made.
"If we win on Sunday, the country should get the chance to celebrate it properly with an extra bank holiday, granted in the name of the England team.
"I've got a strong feeling it's coming home."