Businesses fail to prepare for travel chaos during London 2012 Olympic Games

With just one month before the London 2012 Olympic Games, most employees are unaware of plans to allow them to work from home

With just one month to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games, most staff are unaware of employers’ plans to allow them to work from home, a survey shows.

With up to 5 million visitors expected for the London 2012 Olympic Games, workers face huge difficulties travelling to and from work in London this summer, which will cost businesses millions in lost productivity.

Only 35% of workers have corporate guidelines on secure remote working, according to the survey by OnePoll on behalf of storage and data security firm, Imation.

A similar proportion of respondents said they did not have the appropriate technology to ensure the same level of IT security when working remotely as they have in the office.

Imation said the survey of 1,000 London office workers suggests there remains much work to be done by businesses to ensure they are protected from falls in productivity if staff cannot reach the office and do not have the right tools to work from home.

“This survey clearly shows that guidelines, communication and technology provision around secure remote working currently fall well short of the mark,” said Nick Banks, head of mobile security for Europe at Imation.

“With major events this summer set to trigger a significant rise in remote and mobile working, many employees remain unclear and unconfident about how they should work remotely to ensure the security of corporate data and assets," Banks said.

Even when guidelines are issued, around a third of employees choose to ignore them, said Banks. 

"This serves to emphasise how imperative it is for IT departments and senior management to take this situation in hand by combining suitable technologies and centralised control with increased end-user education,” Banks said.

Imation’s study also shows that communication of policies and guidelines around bring your own device (BYOD) schemes and remote working is sorely lacking in many UK enterprises.

Only 37% of workers surveyed felt their organisations had clear guidelines on using personal devices to access confidential data and corporate assets. 

Some 47% of respondents either claimed their employers failed to provide guidance on secure remote working or did not know whether any guidance existed.

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