Olympic Legacy

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Now the Olympic Summer is over we can see if it has had any lasting effect onthe way people work. A post-Olympics survey of over 1,000 managers, published by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), showed that almost half (48%) of managers said that the Olympics had resulted in higher morale in the office. 

 
Over a third (41%) of organisations allowed staff to watch the Olympics in the office. As a result 37% of managers reported being more productive and 67% said the workplace bonded over a shared experience. 
 
Almost two in ten (18%) organisations did trial new ways of working, with working from home and altered start and finish times the most popular options. 43% of those said that their organisation is likely to continue to operate these working practices after the Olympics. 
 
On the subject of letting staff work remotely, 76% of managers vehemently disagreed with Mayor of London Boris Johnson's pre-Games description of it being "a skiver's paradise". In fact, 18% of managers felt that it created a more positive perception of working from home and try out new working practices. 
 
So we will see over the next few months if this positive experience has made any permanent changes. If we add the Olympic experience to all the other benefits covered in the book, there is a strong argument for a revolution in working practices to be taking place right now.
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