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Employers to continue Olympic flexible working practices

Posted by Triona Cahalane on Mon, Sep 3, 2012

Over 40% of the organisations that tried out flexible working schemes during the Olympics are set to continue now that the games have ended. Schemes tested on the workforce included working from home and flexitime.

FlexitimeThe research comes as a result of a survey of 1,056 ILM members by the Institute of Leadership Management. It has found that nearly one in five organisations trialled new flexible work schemes during London 2012. It also found that 76% of managers surveyed after the Olympics disagreed with a comment made by the Mayor of London before the Games that home working would be a “skiver’s paradise”.

 The survey also discovered that 65% of those surveyed believed the Olympics were less disruptive than expected with 48% believing that the Games had made little impact on their organisation. 

Surprisingly, almost half (48%) of the employers believed that it had boosted office morale which many believed came as a result of allowing staff to watch the Olympics in the workplace. On another positive note, 37% of managers reported that workers were more productive during the games with 67% saying that the workplace had bonded over the shared experience of watching and cheering on their teams.

Charles Elvin, chief executive of the ILM, commented: "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."

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Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working