Uncategorized August 28, 2012

Olympics boosted staff morale and productivity, survey finds

The majority of managers found the Olympic Games caused little disruption to their business, according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

The ILM questioned more than 1,000 managers with regard to the impact of the Games and found that almost half said that there had been no disruption whatsoever; adding that morale had been unusually high. Seventy-nine per cent of the managers said that their jobs had continued unaffected, according to hrmagazine.com.

It would appear that many manager adopted the advice dispensed by HR bodies and Games organisers pertaining to leave and flexible working options, with 41 per cent allowing staff to watch events at work. Fifty-seven per cent of respondents said their CEO and/or senior management teams did communicate Games policies to avoid absence.

As a result, 67 per cent of managers polled said they felt their teams had bonded over the two weeks and 37 per cent reported improved productivity.

Furthermore, of the companies that that tested new ways of working, i.e. remotely or different hours, 43 per cent said that they would probably continue to make use of the practices.

ILM chief executive Charles Elvin told standard.co.uk: "After such an uplifting London Olympics, it was great to discover that many organisations also felt some benefits. We hope that organisations continue to offer more flexible working which, when properly managed, is a powerful motivator and helps to attract and retain talent."

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