Employers to review flexible working policies ahead of Olympics

More than a third of organisations intend to review their flexible and home working policies ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to research by Deloitte.

This is compared with just†14% that said the same this time last year, according to the Games readiness research, which surveyed 200 UK employers.

A further 42% said they will review holiday policies before the games, and one in six will allow employees to work from a different location or office, to minimise disruption to the working day.

More than half of large employers in the UK intend to allow screens on working floors and in communal areas, so staff can have an Olympic games experience, compared to only 29% this time last year. In addition, one in five businesses surveyed said they would allow online streaming of the games for employees.

Only 5% of respondents are adamant they will not allow staff to watch any of the games during working hours.†

Stevan Rolls, head of HR at Deloitte, said: “London 2012 is set to dominate the UK this summer, and employers should not underestimate how important it is to get employee preparations right during the games.

“Flexible working plans are therefore essential to ensure organisations are fit for purpose and ready to capitalise on the potential economic boost.

“Screens in breakout areas and canteens can raise staff morale and team spirit. Our experience and feedback suggests that staff will be more engaged if they are able to watch certain events, if practical to do so depending on their particular business area.

“The legacy of the games could lead to a more flexible approach to allowing people to manage their own time and working from locations that suit them. The games could potentially act as a catalyst for change across HR departments in the UK.”

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