3,000 staff at O2 to work flexitime
9 February 2012
One quarter of O2’s head-office staff will work flexibly for 1 day this week to prepare for disruption caused by this summer’s Olympic games in London.
O2 is enabling 3,000 of its staff to work remotely, which it hopes will demonstrate the benefits in helping to drive efficiency, productivity and innovation.
Ann Pickering, director of HR at O2, says: "We live in such a connected world today that it’s far easier for employees to remain in touch, no matter where they happen to be.
"There are huge benefits to be gained in enabling your workforce to be mobile. Not only does it foster trust between organisations and employees, but allowing staff to shape their own working environment gives them back one of their most valuable resources – time.
"It also allows companies to overcome geographical boundaries and open new doors in terms of recruiting the best talent. So whether it’s a mum that needs to be at home for the school run or an employee that working remotely three days and travels to the office for two, with the right tools, implementing flexible working policies have the potential to transform the way we do business."
O2 plans to examine cost savings through reductions to electricity usage, CO2 emissions and travel time, which will be fed into the company’s 3-year sustainability plans.
O2 plans to help over 125,000 business employees work flexibly, and save over 500,000 miles of travel and over 160,000 thousand tonnes of carbon emissions.
O2 Business Director, Ben Dowd, says: "Today’s office-wide flexible working initiative is an opportunity for us to take the next step on our flexible working journey and demonstrate the opportunity and potential available to businesses today.
"We practice what we preach, and by asking O2 employees to work together as a team to test the company’s flexible working practices for themselves, we want to show that there are no limits – no matter how big or small your business is."
More Flexibility in the workplace with Borer's FUSION T&A System.
Borer's Time and Attendance system is designed to offer employees more flexibility in the workplace. With more and more emphasis being placed on work life balance, organisations must define procedures to support employees.
One way to do this is by implementing flexitime by providing staff with flexible working hours to accommodate those working part-time, family priorities, covering absences and job sharing.