60% of employers have no formal plan for leave arrangements in place for Olympics… A new survey has revealed that six out if every ten employers have not yet informed their staff if any specific leave arrangements will be put in place during the Olympics.
The survey of 1,000 workers conducted by recruitment consultants, Badenoch & Clark found that 60% of those questioned are still waiting for information from their bosses about leave arrangements to attend events. With just 100 days to go before the Olympics begins many workers remain in the dark, however employers in London are the most prepared for the likely disruption caused by the Olympics with only 42% yet to reveal a formal policy for Olympic leave to their staff. In contrast in Scotland 77% of employers have yet to decide on a specific plan for leave during the Olympics.
The survey also examined how companies would implement their Olympic leave policy with the most popular approach being the simple “first come, first served” method meaning those who were first to ask for leave to attend Olympic events would have the best chance of receiving it. A minority of companies have decided to deal with the issue by refusing to allow leave on specific dates. However most companies have realised the need to be as adaptable and flexible as possible as the Summer event will undoubtedly cause major disruption not only to staff attendance rates but also to issues like traffic and distribution.
Nicola Linkleter, Managing Director at Badenoch & Clark commented on the findings:
“The 2012 Games seem to have come round too quickly for many businesses and with only 100 days to go, employers need to seriously start considering their official leave policy.”
“Given the immense interest the 2012 Games will create across the country and with many employees planning to attend key events, poor business planning could lead to employee discontent, confusion or empty offices. If it transpires that lots of people have booked off the same period of annual leave or choose to take a ‘sickie’ due to uncertainty over leave, offices could be seriously understaffed.”
“Our research back in July 2011 suggested that one in six (16 per cent) employees would consider taking a ‘sickie’ to watch London 2012 due to a lack of clarity over leave policy. It is therefore important that employers firm up annual leave policies and contingency plans for possible staff shortfalls and communicate these policies to employees sooner rather than later.”
Note: EssentialSkillz would strongly advise all companies to have a specific Olympic business policy in place to deal with Olympic disruption. Please contact us for further details as we offer a customized e-learning course to help your business plan for the disruption ahead.