There’s been a lot of speculation about how the Olympics might affect business in July and August. At Oakleaf, we were keen to understand how our clients were planning to manage their own hiring needs, and whether they might require interim support for particular teams as a result of increased employee absence.

Business as usual

We surveyed approximately 1,000 hiring managers across the HR space, and the results suggest that 96% of businesses within the M25 will largely be adopting a ‘business as usual’ approach throughout the Games. Flexible working will be offered within 76% of organisations, with a similar number arranging for employees to work from home as needed.

Similarly, from a recruitment perspective, most organisations want to continue with their hiring plans as much as possible, with some taking advantage of out-of-town interviewing facilities – particularly those based in the City and Docklands. Very few organisations believe they will need additional HR staff to cover absenteeism arising from the Olympics.

Judging by our research and ongoing dialogue with clients, it’s clear that good planning and the communication of changed arrangements will be essential through this disrupted period. Excellent employee communications will also be essential to encourage motivation at work during this time.

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Written by Richard Colgan, managing partner, Oakleaf

Richard graduated from Manchester with an Economics degree, and went on to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for Young Officer training. He spent eight years serving in the Infantry with the Royal Anglian Regiment, which included two operational tours of duty. After the Army, Richard spent nine years working for Michael Page and was a joint founder of their HR recruitment business in 2000.

He left to launch Oakleaf Partnership in 2005, wanting to establish a business that reflected not only the HR professionals that we work with, but also one that embodied his own values. He would be supported by the Partners of the business who have particular focus on business sectors, as needed. With an extensive track record of placing senior HR professionals across the City of London and also throughout the commercial and professional services sectors, Richard brings an incredible depth of knowledge and understanding of the senior HR talent market.

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