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One of the big hurdles for any company planning on implementing a flexible working scheme is to ensure that they have the correct infrastructure in place to support this. For anyone who works with sensitive data, it is going to be vital that secure data transfer systems are implemented to properly support works and ensure that sensitive data is not left exposed. <br/>We have produced a free secure remote working guide for anyone in finding out more.
Other surveys have indicated that many organisations have no plans and expect their staff to turn up to work as normal. My concern is that they will panic nearer the time let or insist their staff work at home, with no planning and support it will fail and put back the cause of working where it is most effective for you and the work whether that is at home, in a local shared space, on the move at your parents etc. Working effectively away from the office does not just depend on having a laptop and smart phone.
I agree, the Olympics provide the perfect opportunity for organisations across London to experiment with all manner of flexible and alternative working/work place options. In our experience we've found however, that many employers are discovering that for many, the binary options of "take holiday" or "work at home" are neither practical or desirable. The children will be on holiday and therefore at home, many working in London live in shared accommodation and therefore don't have adequate space to work productively for what is effectively two weeks and for some, not being part of a team or an office environment for that length of time will make it a difficult period. <br/>To address that we've been looking to provide organisations with the opportunity to allow their staff to work NEAR their home in an "office/work hub" location that suits there own personal circumstances. Our innovative approach of working with places like FE Colleges (usually closed over the summer period) means we can provide suitable accommodation in pretty much any location at a sensible price for everyone. The whole approach is adding a different dynamic to people's Olympic planning...