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ACAS issues guidance on Olympic flexible working

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Businesses, especially those in London, are being urged yet again to consider allowing their employees to work from home during the Olympic Games, The Press Association writes.

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Businesses, especially those in London, are being urged yet again to consider allowing their employees to work from home during the Olympic Games, The Press Association writes. A survey carried out by print firm, Lexmark, revealed that two thirds of small companies are worried about expected travel disruption that the Games could cause, as they don't have a policy on flexible working. Unbelievably, over ten per cent said they would refrain from making a decision on whether staff can work remotely until just before the Games begins. A further government survey has revealed that some businesses - surely in a blind panic - have banned all holiday leave as they are expecting an increase in workload, freshbusinessthinking.com writes. This measure could have bad repercussions on staff morale. Fortunately, conciliation service, ACAS has come to the rescue with some guidelines to help small companies mitigate disruption and communicate a policy to it's staff. It suggests catering to sports fans by allowing them to watch events on television at work during agreed times. Alternatively, it says that businesses should allow employees to work form their home or garden studio office, enabling to choose their own working hours and avoid travel chaos. Importantly, ACAS said, "firms should ask their staff about their plans for the Olympics and make it clear what the priorities of the business are."

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

19th July 2012