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Firms urged to clarify London 2012 working practices

Firms urged to clarify London 2012 working practices

Many employers could face contractual disputes with members of staff during the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

That is if the findings of new research by SunGard Availability Services are anything to go by, as this study revealed that more than one-fifth of all employees - 21 per cent - are willing to take unauthorised time off to watch high-profile events at the event.

Furthermore, the business continuity services firm established that just 22 per cent of workers feel their employer is now ready for the effect of the Games, which get underway on July 27th and finish on August 12th.

For instance, although 31 per cent expect their company to provide special holiday arrangements for this period, just nine per cent stated their boss had already informed them of the firm's plan regarding flexible working.

With this in mind, Keith Tilley of SunGard called on managers to act sooner rather than later to resolve this uncertainty.

"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," he advised.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson