22% of respondents will offer flexible working during Olympics

One-fifth (22%) of UK organisations are considering implementing flexible working procedures during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to research by Cisco.

The research, which surveyed 200 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), found that nearly half of respondents have yet to make the necessary preparations for London 2012.

The research also found:

• 14% of respondents felt they have to think more about staff motivation and include employees in London 2012.

• 22% of respondents expect that London 2012 will directly or indirectly cause them to have less staff on hand.

• 59% of respondents have some or all of the necessary collaboration technology in place to offer flexible working.

• 41% of respondents have no strategy in place to cope with the possible disruptions the Olympics may cause.

Neil Crockett, managing director at Cisco London 2012, said: “With so many SMEs still unprepared ahead of the games, now is the time for businesses to take action.

“London 2012 can offer many opportunities for UK SMEs, but only if they have the correct business strategy in place.

“Organisations need to prepare in a wide manner of ways to ensure they are business ready, from evaluating their network infrastructure to preparing for flexible working through effective collaboration technology.

“With a viable business strategy, alternative travel plans and flexible working in place, London 2012 can help build a brilliant future for organisations this summer and in the long term.”

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