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The London 2012 Olympics are fast approaching – there are less than 80 days to go! – and many businesses in Britain will feel a knock-on effect from the sporting extravaganza.
For some companies it could be a positive impact as revenue is boosted by the increase of tourists heading to the capital for the Olympics, which run between July 27 and August 12, and Paralympics, set to take place from August 29 to September 9.
Other firms, though, could suffer negative disruption, especially if they don’t plan accordingly.
Fortunately, it’s never too late to start planning for the threat of disruption and here are a few suggestions on getting ready for the Olympics.
Is it worth changing your opening hours during the Olympics? If so – and this is probably going to be more relevant if you’re based in London itself – inform your customers straight away through your website, social media platforms and your phone welcome message to make sure they are kept in the loop.
Introduce flexible working hours if your staff are likely to endure travel disruption on the journey to and from work. Some companies may also benefit from allowing members of staff to work remotely from home during the Olympics as this may prove more productive in the short term, while some firms are also exploring the option of relocating to a temporary office. Employees may want to book time off to coincide with the Olympics and summer, so be mindful of managing holiday requests appropriately and of ensuring you don’t leave yourself understaffed.
Sit down with the heads of different departments internally within your business in order to outline possible disruptions caused by the Olympics and compile a strategy that is conveyed to everyone in your company. Make sure you take notice of the travel advice issued locally and nationally and try and take this into account when it comes to planning business meetings, supply orders and general day-to-day business. Finally, embrace the Olympics by bringing a TV into the workplace to allow staff to tune in during breaks because it does only happen every four years, so enjoy it!