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More than half of UK employers to allow flexible working during the Olympics

29 May 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

More than half of UK employers are making changes to their working practices during the Olympics to enable staff to work more flexibly, a recent survey has found.

Almost a third of employers said they will try to accommodate requests from employees to work from home, 17 per cent said they will extend flexible working opportunities and 13 per cent said they will actively encourage staff to work from home so that they can avoid potential transport disruptions.

“The Olympics is a golden opportunity for UK businesses to review their flexible working policies to ensure they are supporting their staff,” said Barney Ely, a director at Hays Human Resources.

“Communication is key to ensure both parties clearly understand and adhere to the guidelines around flexible working. By embracing this exciting time, companies will benefit from more engaged employees.”

The research also found that many employers are also making preparations to allow staff to watch key Olympic events in the workplace. Almost a third of employers plan to make TVs available in the workplace and 11 per cent plan to allow employees to view events online on their work computers.

The survey, which covered over 500 employers in the UK, was conducted by Hays and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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