16 July 2012 10:24
Conciliation service Acas has urged employers to allow staff flexible working times during the Olympics following research showing concern about disruption to the working day. Acas published the new guidance after a survey of 1,000 small firms by printing giant Lexmark showed that over two thirds of employers were worried about travel and other problems, and half did not have a policy on flexible or remote working.
More than one in 10 said they planned to leave the decision until just before the Olympics begin in less than two weeks time.
Staff could be allowed to watch popular events on TV during agreed times, or be allowed to work flexibly over the Games period, it was suggested.
Firms should ask their staff about their plans for the Olympics and make it clear what the priorities of the business are, said Acas.
The guide added that some workers will get fed up with the "fuss" generated by the sporting event as well as any perceived favouritism to those with sporting interests.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that room rates in hotels in the area of the Olympic Park have shot up 69% for the Games period, according to a survey from TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: "London hotel prices are generally higher during July and August in any year.
"But with London gearing up for such a significant influx of visitors this summer, some may not be surprised to see spikes as high as 69%."