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Don’t Fall Victim to Staff Absenteeism This Summer

July 26, 2012 - 0 Comments

With fewer than 50 days to go until London 2012, are you prepared for the potential staffing issues that could be caused by the Games coming to London this summer?  Cisco’s online ‘Games ready’ test found that although 42% of businesses already have existing flexi-time policies that will operate as normal during Games time, 34% are not changing business work hours to avoid the travel chaos.

No doubt some of your staff have already booked time off, whilst the rest will want to watch the action online and if your network infrastructure’s not up to scratch, you could be heading for a crash.  So, here are some top tips for your business to capitalise on these events:

Plan ahead 

Now is the time to start looking at what you are doing internally and share the magic of the Games with your team.  I’m not saying that during Games time the office should come to a standstill whilst everyone enjoys the action – but if managed correctly, London 2012 has the potential to be uniting rather than disruptive. Of course employers need their businesses to continue trading as normal so it’s important to start putting plans in place now on the best way to engage with your workforce during this time.

Watch the Games at work

A survey we conducted back in 2011* revealed that just 10% of workers are aware of any plans to watch Games action either at the office (4%), through a work social event (3%) or in a corporate hospitality environment (1%). Whilst many companies may not be participating in hospitality at the Games, arranging to simply watch the Games together at work is a great and affordable way to enhance teambuilding and employee satisfaction. After all, this is a once in a lifetime event for the UK and if embraced, the Games could really help unite your workforce. A get together in the office to watch the final of a major sporting event can only build morale, inspire workers and improve camaraderie.

Introduce a flexible working policy

With the influx of additional visitors to London and surrounding Olympic Games venues, a flexible working scheme where employees are provided with technology so they can stay connected to colleagues and customers wherever they are is surely worth considering. As the big event approaches -and with the appropriate plan of action in place – businesses can maximise the potential of the Games to generate revenue and customers and boost the morale of their workforce by introducing a flexible working scheme.

Have fun!

At Cisco we are hoping to achieve 80 per cent participation in our “gold challenge” which aims to involve our employees in new sports.  By offering the opportunity to try everything from sailing to fencing, riding to volleyball, there should be something for everyone.  Even if an employee doesn’t want to get involved in physical activity, our Olympic inspired “bring your children to work” day means that everyone has a reason to feel part of the Olympic activity.

So if you don’t want to be left with an empty office and a staffing headache this summer, make sure you prepare and show willingness to accommodate your employees’ needs. With a robust network infrastructure and flexible working in place, you could boost productivity and reduce the number of staff calling in sick this summer.

Play our 101 reasons game to see the potential absence excuses you might face if you don’t prepare…


*The One Year To Go research interviewed over 2000 members of the general public. Research was conducted in July 2011 by Vision Critical.


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