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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Employers set to boost flexibility during Olympics

UK employers are set to provide their staff with a greater degree of flexibility during the Olympic Games for a number of reasons.

As well as enabling people to work from home on days when commuting is likely to be difficult due to the crowds travelling into the capital, companies will also allow workers to finish early to watch the top events or work remotely so they can catch the action on TV.

In a new survey of employers conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) three in ten respondents said say they will try and accommodate requests from employees to work from home.

Overall, 17 per cent will extend flexible working opportunities, while 13% will actively encourage staff to work from home.

Companies are set to do all they can to minimise disruption to the business and help employees make the most of the Olympics, as well as other sporting events such as the European Football Championships.

Commenting on the findings, Rebecca Clake, research adviser at CIPD, said many employers are even making provisions to enable employees to watch key events in the workplace, as they recognise that the Olympics is an opportunity to build morale and employee engagement.

She added that the key is for employers to communicate very clearly what their policy is, for example, whether employees are allowed to keep track of games online or whether they take a zero-tolerance approach.

"Just as importantly, employers should remind staff of the organisation's policy on absence and misuse of alcohol, making clear that it is unacceptable to take time off sick, either to watch matches/events or to recover from the aftermath," she added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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