Ticketing operator Dice is attempting to solve an employment practice headache by introducing hangover days for its workforce.
The London-based music-ticketing app encourages its staff to take a day off if they have been partying or have stayed out late at a gig. Employees can simply message the boss on WhatsApp with a music, beer and sick emoji in order to claim a hangover day.
The company said it hopes to inspire a culture of honesty with the hangover days perk, as well as promoting live music among its employees outside of office hours.
In 2016 alone, 137 million working days were lost due to sickness in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. The average worker took four days off sick.
Dice chief executive Phil Hutcheon said: “All our team live for music and some of the best deals in the industry happen after a gig. We trust each other and want people to be open if they’re out late experiencing live music. There is no need for a fake sick bug.”
The Dice app allows users to search for, browse and buy tickets to a curated selection of music gigs, concerts and festivals. It is available to both iOS and Android users across various cities in the UK and Ireland.
All of the tickets sold on Dice are sourced directly from labels, promoters and venues as the company does not participate in secondary ticketing. Since its launch in 2014, over 600 artists have sold their tickets on the app, including Taylor Swift, Disclosure, Rudimental, Jamie XX, George Ezra, Little Dragon, Jack White, Four Tet, Alabama Shakes, Years & Years and Rae Morris.