London businesses under-prepared for Olympics, study shows

Only 23% of businesses in London and surrounding regions are fully prepared for the potential disruption caused by the 2012 Olympic Games, a YouGov survey has revealed

Only 23% of businesses in London and surrounding regions are fully prepared for the potential disruption caused by the 2012 Olympic Games, a YouGov survey has revealed.

The survey of 120 senior managers, commissioned by communications firm Interactive Intelligence, found that a vast majority (79%) estimate that a proportion of their staff expected to commute to work and travel for business during the Olympics will be affected by the disruption.

Although 57% said they have already implemented, or have plans to implement, remote working capabilities for employees during the Olympics, 41% are either still planning (13%) or do not plan to implement (28%) a remote working strategy.  

The reasons given for not having a remote working strategy include concerns around not having the right technology in place, security and cost of deployment.

Of those companies that do have a strategy in place, a number of steps were identified to ensure business continuity while employees work remotely.

Nearly half (49%) said they will ensure employees have access to suitable equipment, such as a smartphone or laptop. Increasing network security (24%) and company internet bandwidth (21%) are key priorities for businesses, followed closely by improving the company’s network infrastructure (19%) and implementing a full unified communications strategy (17%).

“The Olympic Games is going to be a catalyst for many companies turning to remote working in London and the South. However, it will be those that make preparations sooner rather than later that will achieve the most benefit," said Dave Paulding, regional sales director for the UK, Middle East and Africa at Interactive Intelligence.

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