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.