Survey Says London 2012 Boosted Workplace Morale
A survey of over 1,000 managers undertaken by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) has found that levels of morale rose in 48% of workplaces during the Olympic Games this summer.
In the 41% of offices where the Olympics aired during working hours, 37% of managers also reported better productivity and as many as 67% witnessed better bonding between colleagues.
Despite the warnings that had London business bracing for the worst, 65% of businesses confirmed that the Olympics turned out to be less disruptive than anticipated. Almost 50% reported no impact on business at all.
But the most important question for many forward-thinking businesses is how the great remote working experiment panned out.
Of those surveyed, 18% changed working practices this summer ΓÇô most introducing the opportunity to work from home or amending start and finish times.
18% of the businesses who trialled working from home felt that the London Olympics helped to create a positive image of remote working ΓÇô despite Boris JohnsonΓÇÖs claim that it is merely a ΓÇÿskiverΓÇÖs paradiseΓÇÖ.
Boris actually appears to be among few who share this thought ΓÇô as 76% of managers ΓÇÿvehemently disagreedΓÇÖ with the MayorΓÇÖs sentiment.
In fact, 43% of London firms intend to continue remote working practices now that the Olympic Games have passed, as business proved unaffected by the change.
Did your company trial remote working this summer? How do you feel about a move to more flexible working hours? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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