Interxion introduces sleeping pods to ease burden of Olympic commute

While many employers will offer flexible or remote working to ease the stress of commuting during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, date centre services firm Interxion has installed ten pods for workers to sleep in its offices in Brick Lane.

The pods are kitted out with laptop holders, earphones and memory foam mattresses.

Greg McCulloch, UK managing director at Interxion, said: “Due to the nature of our business, we need to be ready for all eventualities and, while we are excited to have the Olympics in London, we also need to be sure that we can continue to offer the highest level of resilience to our customers.

Jon Gray, director at Podtime, which manufactures the pods, added: “Everyone working in central London will feel the challenging side effects of the games, and the organisations they work for will face operational issues with employees being stuck in queues rather than being in the office.

“We see the sleeping pods as a good solution for those staff-critical organisations, which must have 24/7 coverage for vital procedures.”

If the pods were available at weekends, they would make perfect crash pads for employees who wanted to take advantage of Brick Lane’s lively nightlife.†

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