21% of employees set to take unauthorised leave during event… It is expected that businesses in the UK will find it difficult to cope with staff absences during the Olympics in London this Summer as 21% of employees admit they will take unauthorised leave during the event.
A poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by marketing agency YouGov found that just 22% workers are confident that their employers have prepared themselves adequately for the disruptions the Olympic Games will bring. Only 9% of employees said that they had received information on a specific flexible working strategy being put in place for the Olympics.
Just under a third (31%) of those interviewed in the survey had high expectations of their employer and felt they should be able to avail of holiday packages, new technologies and flexible work schedules. UK businesses could find it problematic to meet these kinds of expectations especially considering the majority of them have yet to implement a formal business policy to deal with the upheaval an event the size of the Olympics will cause.
Keith Tilley of SunGard Availability Services who helped produce the surveysaid:
“Now is the time for UK companies to act, keeping workers content is the number one priority to encourage productivity and ensure business continues as usual. It’s a hugely exciting time, and there’s no reason employees have to abandon ship to enjoy it. Simple actions such as installing communal TVs, and allowing employees time to view high profile events will help ensure businesses remain productive without damaging office morale and may even boost it. Today’s technologies mean companies have more resources at their disposal than ever before to keep things going, so there’s no need for staff or the business to miss out.”
Tilley added that companies needed to do more than merely put the plans in place:
“Communication is the key factor in planning for any disruption. Outlining expectations and educating staff on continuity plans will lay the essential groundwork for continued productivity during the Games, and offers a chance to fine tune working practices for future planned and unplanned incidents.”