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Don’t want to fight the crowds? Work from home instead

With close to five million visitors expected for the London 2012 Olympic Games – along with stringent security measures and special lanes reserved for athletes and employees – getting around London is likely to be a challenge this summer.

To ensure that your company and employees are not impacted, it’s essential to have a planned, tested and fully documented business continuity plan in place to make sure your workforce can be productive from any location, at any time, with ease and efficiency.

A recent survey conducted by LogMeIn found that 88 per cent of small businesses plan to offer their employees the option to work from home during the Olympics. However, over half of those surveyed did not feel confident that their company’s IT infrastructure could support the number of remote workers expected during the Games.

While all of the small business owners surveyed agreed that they would like to offer their employees the chance to work remotely on a more regular basis, one in four respondents admitted that they were concerned about the impact on employee productivity.

However, research has shown that companies who support flexible working are more likely to attract and retain staff. LogMeIn’s small business customers quoted increased productivity (29 per cent), staff motivation (32 per cent) and a better work-life balance (38 per cent) as three driving factors for the implementation of remote working.

With the right technology and a robust remote working policy in place, allowing employees to work from home can pay serious dividends for small businesses. It seems clear, then, that now is the right time for business owners to start thinking more seriously about the benefits of implementing a remote working scheme for the long term. So, what are you waiting for?

Allyson Pelletier is the VP Global Field Marketing at LogMeIn

Allyson is responsible for segment marketing worldwide. Prior to this role, she led LogMeIn’s international marketing team, covering all activities and programs for the EMEA, APAC and LATAM regions. Allyson joined the company as a Senior Product Marketing Manager and was responsible for bringing the company’s iconic tablet and smartphone app, LogMeIn Ignition, to market in 2008. Before joining LogMeIn, Allyson held various leadership positions in product management and marketing at Kadient (now Qvidian).