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Did your staff arrive late, or not at all? Were the overcrowded transport systems an issue?

Working nine to five

Does everyone need to be in the office at the same time? This was another issue that was brought up by the Olympic travel issues. The prospect of people trying to get into work at the same time, on an already overcrowded transport network, presented a few challenges for employees, including:

  • Increased stress
  • Longer travel times
  • Higher travel costs

In this scenario, businesses were looking at increased absenteeism and employees arriving late for work. In addition, Cisco research shows that 8% of employees took time off to attend live events and 21% of employees watched events on company laptops. Combined with travel issues, this threatened the productivity of businesses during the Games. However, many of them found a way round this by implementing flexible working policies.

The 2012 Games transformation

In the run up to the Games, 43% of businesses had flexible-working policies. And, during the games, a quarter of businesses trialled flexible working to counteract transport problems and give employees a chance to watch events. For most businesses, the transformation to support these policies included:

  • Ensuring employees had secure, reliable technology to access systems remotely
  • Introducing more collaboration technology, so that employees could connect with clients and colleagues at any time.

On top of this, nearly two in five businesses implemented measures such as redeploying staff, changing shifts and hiring temporary staff to fill any gaps.

The legacy of flexible working…

…for employees

Flexible working can give you a happier, healthier and more productive work force. With flexible working, your employees can:

  • Work around personal and family commitments
  • Find time for exercise
  • Reclaim time they would have spent travelling
  • Be happier and more productive

…for businesses

Nearly half of organisations that implemented flexible working during the Games, plan to continue with the policy, according to a survey by the Institute of Leadership Management. Businesses that implemented flexible working during the Olympics reduced disruption. Staff could fit work around events and avoid the stress of travelling at peak hours. The businesses that continue to offer flexible working can:

  • Attract talented employees
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve employee morale and loyalty
  • Reduce absenteeism

Did your staff arrive late, or not at all? Were the overcrowded transport systems an issue?

Flexible working

Working nine to five

Does everyone need to be in the office at the same time? This was another issue that was brought up by the Olympic travel issues. The prospect of people trying to get into work at the same time, on an already overcrowded transport network, presented a few challenges for employees, including:

  • Increased stress
  • Longer travel times
  • Higher travel costs

In this scenario, businesses were looking at increased absenteeism and employees arriving late for work. In addition, Cisco research shows that 8% of employees took time off to attend live events and 21% of employees watched events on company laptops. Combined with travel issues, this threatened the productivity of businesses during the Games. However, many of them found a way round this by implementing flexible working policies.

The 2012 Games transformation

In the run up to the Games, 43% of businesses had flexible-working policies. And, during the games, a quarter of businesses trialled flexible working to counteract transport problems and give employees a chance to watch events. For most businesses, the transformation to support these policies included:

  • Ensuring employees had secure, reliable technology to access systems remotely
  • Introducing more collaboration technology, so that employees could connect with clients and colleagues at any time.

On top of this, nearly two in five businesses implemented measures such as redeploying staff, changing shifts and hiring temporary staff to fill any gaps.

The legacy of flexible working…

…for employees

Flexible working can give you a happier, healthier and more productive work force. With flexible working, your employees can:

  • Work around personal and family commitments
  • Find time for exercise
  • Reclaim time they would have spent travelling
  • Be happier and more productive

…for businesses

Nearly half of organisations that implemented flexible working during the Games, plan to continue with the policy, according to a survey by the Institute of Leadership Management. Businesses that implemented flexible working during the Olympics reduced disruption. Staff could fit work around events and avoid the stress of travelling at peak hours. The businesses that continue to offer flexible working can:

  • Attract talented employees
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve employee morale and loyalty
  • Reduce absenteeism

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