By Daniel Hunter

With international athletes already descending on the city ahead of the London Olympics Games 2012, the government authorities are taking every step possible to ensure that the city transport network does not get overburdened.

In line with this thinking, it is urging London-based businesses to consider options in the area of flexible working including employing remote working techniques this summer.

Research suggests that while one third of the businesses will encourage flexible working during the Games, companies will also have to put contingency plans in place to ensure continuity in business operations.

Another survey states that companies would restrict or ban annual leave during the Games because they will be expecting an increase in workload or business due to the Olympics. A few managers also plan to avoid meetings in London entirely during the events.

“The demand for cloud computing is currently witnessing a rise, because businesses, big and small, will be requiring easy access to round-the-clock high speed and secure communications to ensure continuity in business operations during the games,” Chris Papa, Managing Director at Qubic, said.

“Remote working is one way of working flexibly, which in turn can ensure a ‘better work-life balance’, especially for those with children. Cloud computing technology has empowered employers and businesses to equip their staff with all the tools they need to do their jobs effectively outside of an office environment.

"Also, work-from-home makes good business sense as employers offering flexible working find a reduced rate of absenteeism and improved staff retention. Home workers also are 20[3] per cent more productive and save their employers an average of £6000 in a year.”

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