30 August 2012 #Employment
Research has been conducted into the after-thoughts of organisations that changed their working practices to try and alleviate the detrimental impact on their businesses and workforces during the Olympics. The reports are positive and a large proportion of organisations that brought in flexible working schemes during the Olympics (e.g. working from home or altering working hours) will continue to offer this benefit now the Games have ended.
Many organisations have reported trialling new ways of working during London 2012 and It appears that many managers disagree with a comment made by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson before the Games that home working would be a "skiver`s paradise". A large number of organisations thought that the Olympics were less disruptive than expected. Many organisations have also reported a morale boost, with many allowing employees to watch the games in the office and it was thought that employees bonded over this shared experience.
In light of this positive outcome, there is a hope that organisations will continue to offer flexible working arrangements to their employees. The major benefit to organisations is that flexible working arrangements are seen as a powerful motivator and will help to attract and retain staff.