The long anticipated Olympic Games (Games) are finally arriving in London in July 2012. Whilst many Londoners are excited at hosting such a prestigious sporting event, employers face legitimate concerns that disruption for staff and their day to day operations may spoil the occasion.
By planning ahead and preparing for the inevitable consequences of the Games, it should be possible to avoid the worst of the disruption.
Holiday leave is likely to be much in demand during the Games for members of staff who are volunteering at the Games, who wish to attend daytime events, or even from those who want to get away from it all. Employers should be considering now what minimum staffing levels are required and planning ahead to ensure that these are maintained. Any special arrangements for considering holiday requests for leave during the Games should be clarified to employees – for example, holiday leave could be limited to five working days to give the most employees possible the chance to experience the Games and associated festivities. More…