We have all been talking about the London games, planning to get into work early and leave before the rush or setting up a network allowing working from home.
There are still an awful lot of us who haven’t made any concrete plans, waiting to see how the first couple of days go. Although we’re expecting a mass of new temporary residents, tourists and revellers, nobody can be entirely sure how it will affect our businesses and the commute to and from work.
If you are one of the ‘wait-and-see’ people, the first piece of advice would be to not arrange any meetings or deadlines for that first day. Allow yourself as much flexibility as you can. You may have to take a new route in, avoiding particular routes or the Tube network entirely.
-The company must develop a communications strategy. Identify the key management and how to keep them informed of on-going projects.
-The surges in local mobile and internet networks may cause connectivity issues. If you are using remote ICT system networks, test them before the Olympics begin. Your chosen network strategy has to be able to support the number of staff working remotely. Will your team of employees be using telephones and emails to communicate with each other while some of you may be away from the office? It may seem simple, but make sure everyone has the relevant numbers and email addresses. If people are using additional internet bandwidth or using up their minutes on personal calls, will they be able to claim expenses?
-If your office or company rely on supply deliveries, have you accounted for the traffic disruption? Everything from online grocery services to key product delivery will all face delays and possibly a premium charge for dates during the Games.
-There should be an in-house (can still work remotely) Olympics working group, including the person in charge of communications, to co-ordinate the plan. They will be responsible for keeping up-to-speed with news monitoring and any situations that could disrupt your business.
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