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Ready for the Olympics?

Blog post   •   May 11, 2012 17:59 BST

This is a guest blogpost by Annabel Kaye, Managing Director of Irenicon Ltd

If you are around the Olympic zones you are going to need to make arrangements to cover travel during the Olympics.

Homeworking is going to be an option for many organisations.   Assuming the broadband is already in place you will need to sort out availability and working hours, health and safety, insurance, equipment and confidentiality/security.  The easiest way to organise it is to go through our homeworking guidance and agreement.  A  copy is available free to members, email Aeneas Tole  who will organise for a copy to be sent . 

Working parents who need to travel through the affected zones may also need to make suitable arrangements for childcare, or time shifted working.   Advice for working parents can be found on

Location shifting this can include working at ‘hubs’ or at another office or even at a client location.  Make sure you have clear agreements in place that deal with (if any) additional travel costs, revised working times, H&S at the new site, duration of arrangement, reporting and absence procedures for the new site, supervision arrangements. Do not assume everyone just knows what is needed.

Time shifting and changing working hours and even temporarily increasing working hours are all viable options depending on your workload and client activity. All these options need proper implementation and documentation to avoid arguments alter about who agreed what.

Members who are making staff arrangements to cope with the Olympics can contact Irenicon for employment law and HR advice where needed.   Contact Christopher Head or Annabel Kaye on ( or telephone 08452 303050 (local rate number).

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