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Firms could trial flexible working during Paralympics

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Those who were able to work in their garden office during the Olympic Games may be pleased to hear that nearly half of firms operating these flexible working schemes during the event will continue operating them.

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Those who were able to work in their garden office during the Olympic Games may be pleased to hear that nearly half of firms operating these flexible working schemes during the event will continue operating them. That's according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), cited by out-law.com, which found that 43 per cent of firms that ran flexible working schemes during the event will continue to do so. According to the 1,000 managers who participated in the survey, 65 per cent said the event had been less disruptive than previously thought. Furthermore, 76 per cent disagreed with comments made by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who said that home working during the Olympics would be a 'skiver's paradise'. Furthermore, the Paralympics gives firms another opportunity to trial flexible working if they neglected to do so during the Olympics. Charles Elvin, chief executive of ILM, commented on the trend: "It is encouraging to find that businesses took the opportunity to trial flexible working practices and those that did found it far from being a 'skiver's paradise' - their people were productive and motivated. "We hope that organisations continue to offer more flexible working which, when properly managed, is a powerful motivator and helps to attract and retain talent," he added to bbc.co.uk.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

31st August 2012