Tube strikes cost companies without flexible working practices

Tube strikes cost companies without flexible working practices

The strikes on the London Underground had an undeniable impact on everyone across the capital, but one of the biggest blows was dealt to the companies without a flexible working policy.

The strikes over the last two months may even have cost businesses without such methods as much as 1.5 million working hours, according to a new study.

Research from MeetingZone found that out of 1,000 employees surveyed, only nine per cent of firms had offered members of staff the chance to work from home.

Unsurprisingly, nearly three quarters of respondents said they felt they had been let down by their company in their response to the strikes, which led to a large number of workers turning up late and losing precious hours.

Nearly half of respondents said the strikes had left them up to an hour late for work, while another two-thirds (66 per cent) said they were on average, 38 minutes late.

And worryingly, there could be more lost hours on the way, with further strikes planned for September 8th and 10th.

Steve Gandy, chief executive officer of MeetingZone, which carried out the survey, said: “It’s shocking that in this day and age we’re wasting so much time trying to get into the office when we have the technology at our fingertips to make flexible working a reality.

“London businesses have already lost a total of over 1.5 million working hours during recent tube strikes, and with more planned as this dispute continues, it looks like businesses – and commuters – will have to face unnecessary travel woes.”

He added that the recent strikes would have to be a turning point for many companies in convincing them to adopt some form of mobile or flexible working approach.