Private sector struggling to match government’s flexible working policies

Private sector struggling to match government’s flexible working policies

A new survey has indicated that the private sector is failing to match the government's drive for flexible working during London 2012.

Almost half of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) told Citrix that they expected some disruption during the Olympics, but just 21 per cent said they had implemented a flexible working policy.

Enabling employees to work away from the office, whether it be through company devices or their own equipment, will limit disruption and boost business continuity.

The government has been more successful with the implementation of the measures, with over 150 civil servants set to work away from Whitehall at its Croydon Hub to avoid the disruptions set to be caused by the event.

Government departments are signing up to a target that 50 per cent of staff will amend their journey to and from work during the Olympic period.

Minister for the cabinet office Francis Maude said: "On the busiest days up to 800,000 ticketed spectators will be making an extra three million trips in London on public transport. Needless to say, this presents a huge logistical challenge.

"This Croydon hub will help reduce pressure on London's transport network during the Olympics."