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Many firms 'willing to be flexible during Olympics'

Many firms 'willing to be flexible during Olympics'

Flexible working arrangements are set to be offered to staff by many companies during the London 2012 Olympics, a new study has revealed.

Research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) found that 10.3 per cent of workers are aware their employer will offer flexibility throughout the Games so they can watch events on TV.

Meanwhile, 11.5 per cent of respondents revealed their firm is willing to grant flexible leave so members of staff are able to volunteer at the Olympics, which run from July 17th until August 12th.

In addition, 13 per cent of organisations are willing to allow their workers the chance to catch up on hours they miss due to the Games either at the start or the end of their regular shift.

Lindsay Melvin, CIPP chief executive, praised this flexibility and added: "Attending the Olympics is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people. It is not surprising to discover that so many Brits will be taking time off to watch the Games."

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Posted by Francesca Witney