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Three days to go: Acas reminds employers of Olympics advice

Tuesday 24 July 2012

With three days to go until the Olympic Games workplace experts Acas are reminding employers about how to minimise the disruption to their business.

For thousands of workers travel disruption will mean finding alternative routes into work. One of the main concerns for employers is how to keep their workplaces running as smoothly as possible during the Games and ensure people turn up for work.

Acas advises employers to minimise potential disruption by working more flexibly, to manage staff expectations by being clear about annual leave, and to make contingency plans for any last minute problems.

John Taylor, Acas Chief Executive, said:

"Many employers have already put plans in place to reduce travel disruption. If you haven't already done so it's not too late and there is plenty of helpful advice on the Acas website. Think about how your business will be affected. Talk to your staff about their travel plans and be fair and consistent. The Olympics is a fantastic opportunity for this country but remember employers still have a business to run."

Acas advise businesses to:

  • Manage requests for annual leave fairly and consistently, for example you could consider offering employees who have to work during the Games priority on next year's leave.
  • Ask your staff to let you know about their travel plans and provide information that helps them with alternative routes into work.
  • Let staff know who they should contact if they're delayed.
  • Consider your business processes and how they might be affected
  • Consider introducing flexible working for a short period - either through changes to how people work their hours or to where they work.
  • Think about allowing popular events to be streamed or televised at certain times.

Acas' practical advice on everything from managing absence to introducing flexible working can be found at The Olympic Games - Rio 2016. This includes a useful one page Olympics summary of the key issues for workplaces pdf  Acas quick tips for employers on managing during the games. [19kb].

Notes for editors

  1. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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