Employers allowing staff greater flexibility during the Olympics
29 May 2012
More than half of employers are making changes to their working practices during the Olympics to enable staff to work more flexibly or enable them to watch key events at work, according to new survey.
The data researched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that almost 3 in 10 employers will try and accommodate requests from employees to work from home. A further 17% will extend flexible working opportunities, while 13% will actively encourage staff to work from home.
Many employers are planning to allow greater flexibility for staff so they can avoid potential transport disruption.
Many employers are also making preparations to allow staff to watch key events in the workplace, according to the research. Almost a third (31%) of employers will make TVs available in the workplace and 11% will allow employees to view events online on their work computer.
Rebecca Clake, Research Adviser at CIPD, says: “Options such as flexi-time and home working can enable employees in parts of the country likely to face travel disruption as a result of the Olympics to spend their time working rather than stuck in traffic jams or adding to the pressure likely to be faced by our public transport system.
“The key for employers is to plan ahead, set out clearly what the organisation’s approach is and the rationale behind this and then apply it consistently.”
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