The Olympic Lockdown: Is Homeworking an Option?
The government recently issued advice to businesses around working hours and commuting times during the London 2012 Olympics, in an effort to prevent traffic chaos.
A Department for Transport spokesperson has said: ΓÇ£The government wants to deliver a great 2012 Olympic Games and keep London and the UK moving at the same time.
ΓÇ£This is about encouraging staff to reduce the impact of their travel by either walking or cycling, changing their route of travel to and from work, re-timing their working day to avoid the busiest periods or working from home.ΓÇ¥
But many may choose to avoid the commute altogether. Today in Slough, O2 is trialling an option set to be taken by many local businesses by sending employees home to work for the day in readiness for the summerΓÇÖs disruptions. But is this otherwise favourable method really a viable option?
Homeworking may turn out to be unfeasible for many, as fears have arisen that the internet will not be able to cope with significantly increased demand during the 2012 Olympics.
The government has warned that many service providers may choose to cap their data to cope with an influx of visitors, many of whom will be streaming Games footages live across the UK. Capping data would allow for more users, but each with limited bandwidth. Workers based at home during this time could seriously struggle with their access.
ΓÇ£ThereΓÇÖs a major risk that home workers are unable to work effectively due to internet over-capacity and being out of the office environment for over a month,ΓÇ¥ says Kathryn Hunt, Head of Olympic Operations for MWB Business Exchange.
ΓÇ£Traffic hotspots have received a lot of media coverage but weΓÇÖve heard very little about potential internet traffic problems.ΓÇ¥
This latest development, coming just months away from the opening ceremony, may throw a spanner in the works for the strategies of hundreds of businesses in and around London.
How will your business cope with the impact of the London 2012 Olympics?
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