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Will it be business as usual during the Olympics?

by LLB Editor
8th May 12 3:03 pm

It is just 80 days until the Olympics but are London firms ready for the disruption that it might bring?

To see how well the capital’s businesses will cope during the Games, employees across 100 London firms are taking the “Stress Test” which includes taking measures like working from home, trying flexible working hours and changing travel plans.

The two-day test, organised by Canary Wharf Group and Deloitte, beckons businesses to estimate the IT, telecommunications and transport requirements needed to operate smoothly through the expected travel disruptions during the Games.

Mark Naysmith, Games readiness director at Deloitte, said: “On the busiest days of London 2012, there are expected to be an extra three million journeys a day on the public transport system.

“It is essential that companies across the city, large and small, have thought through how their business and their people will cope with this period.

“Whilst working from home is the most popular measure being tested, it will not be practical for all businesses who still need to maintain client service levels.

“Therefore, alternative measures such as changing the route to work, mode of transport, or time of journey will all be key to coping.”

The Games look set to be the ideal training ground to try flexible working but how productive is it for businesses to implement flexible working practices?

To find out, keep an eye out on LondonlovesBusiness.com as we celebrate Flexible Working Week next week. We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Office 365 and the technology specialists, Stelges and Jabra, to bring readers exclusive guides, features and articles on different flexible working practices, bringing you everything you need to know.


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