Could Virtual Offices Help Workers During Olympics?

LONDON—Did you know that more than half of London employers are embracing flexible work strategies as the summer Olympics approaches? So says new data from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey.

“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,” says Rebecca Clake, a research adviser at CIPD.

According to the study, nearly 30 percent of employers say they will try to accommodate requests from employees to work from home. Another 17 percent will extend flexible working opportunities, while 13 percent will actively encourage staff to work from home. That means virtual offices will suddenly be en vogue.

"The Olympics is a golden opportunity for UK businesses to review their flexible working policies to ensure they are supporting their staff,” says Barney Ely, 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.”

Virtual offices are already popular in London, but the Olympic games could introduce the concept of virtual offices to a whole new audience of employers and employees who are looking for a way to stay productive during the commuting mayhem. Virtual offices and other flexible working strategies are consistently front and center in corporate talk about the London Summer Olympics.

Check out this inspiring video on the 2012 London Olympic games, which also offers a hint at how commute times will be affected:



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