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One in ten businesses insist workers stay at home during Olympics

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One in ten businesses are insisting that staff stay at home during the London 2012 Olympics, an industry survey suggests.

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One in ten businesses are insisting that staff stay at home during the London 2012 Olympics, an industry survey suggests. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), over half of employers are planning to implement flexible working measures during 'the greatest show on earth' - with home working just one of many proposals. Onrec.com reports that up to 13 per cent of the UK's workforce could work from home during this time; possibly from the comfort of their garden offices, if the findings were extrapolated nationwide. Nearly a fifth meanwhile might enjoy more flexibility concerning their working hours; perhaps shifting them forward or back to coincide with certain Games' coverage - or traffic, for those living in London. A larger proportion of businesses said that they are even prepared to let staff watch key events of the Games in the workplace (31 per cent), demonstrating flexibility even whilst inside the office. Rebecca Clake, research advisor at the CIPD, commented: "There are a range of options available to employers to enable them to balance the requirements of the business with the interests and needs of employees. "Options such as flexi-time and home working can enable employees in parts of the country likely to face travel disruption as a result of the Olympics to spend their time working rather than stuck in traffic jams or adding to the pressure likely to be faced by our public transport system," she added on lep.co.uk.

Author:

Chris Taylor

30th May 2012