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Working from home an option during Olympics

Working from home is being considered as an option during the Olympic Games by businesses that are keen to keep things running smoothly this summer.

However, research suggests that not enough companies are prepared for the potentially massive disruption that the Games could bring.

Conducted by the British Council for Offices (BCO), the study of 1,000 workers found that fewer than one in ten will be allowed to work from home during the Olympics.

Richard Kauntze, chief executive of BCO, said that many small firms are in denial about the extent of the disruption. He told the Telegraph: "Civil servants a few weeks ago were quoted as saying it’s as if they’re planning for a nuclear war." But smaller firms don't appear to have caught up, with some suggesting that the impact of the Games is being "over-egged".

As well as working from home, those businesses that are taking preparation seriously are working to improve their internet capabilities and facilitate flexible working hours for their staff to allow them to miss the rush hour periods. If they are successful, these new practices could result in long-term changes to office life long after the Olympic Games have finished.

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