According to the research, one in five British staff believe that they or their colleagues will be tempted to pull a sickie during the Games, with younger members of the workforce the likeliest to do so.
Staff in the capital are most likely to call in sick, with more than a quarter believing they or their colleagues will do so, either due to the urge to watch the Olympics on TV or the expected disruption to their commute caused by the sporting extravaganza.
A similar poll carried out last year found that uncertainty over leave policies implemented by firms during the Games would lead to one in six people considering pulling a sickie.
Nicola Linkleter, managing director of Badenoch & Clark, said that organisations must quickly find ways of communicating leave policies to employees to avoid confusion and the possibility of mass absences that could severely impact the wider business.
To discourage employees against pulling a 'sickie', employers might consider embedding the London 2012 Games into the workplace, she proposed.
"Showing events on big screens in breakout areas; allowing workers to take breaks to coincide with coverage and organising socials around major events could all help to increase employee engagement during the six week period," Ms Linkleter suggested.
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