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64% of firms don't have a remote working policy in place

However, 19% of employees want to work remotely during next year's Olympics

Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of UK firms don't have a flexible or remote working policy in place, says Lexmark.

Research by the printer manufacturer revealed that 41 percent of employees want to be able to work away from the office during the 2012 Olympics, which will take place in London next summer. However, just under one in five (19 percent) of firms have plans to introduce such a policy in time for the Olympics.

Just under three in ten (29 percent) of firms plan to invest up to £10,000 in the necessary IT infrastructure to support these flexible working policies before the summer next year. However, 19 percent admitted they have no plans whatsoever to invest in the necessary equipment.

More than three quarters (77 percent) of flexible workers said they rely on laptops and smartphones to communicate remotely, while 13 percent also use printers. Nearly half of workers said their employer has a remote printer policy in place. However, 76 percent of firms revealed they have no system in place to aid workflow or collaboration, such as cloud computing or remotely accessible servers.

"It is quite remarkable that with less than nine months to go until the Olympics, so many organisations have still not finalised a flexible working programme and the required IT infrastructure to support this," said Gary Bourland, country general manager for Lexmark UK & Ireland.

Bourland said with the work-life balance constantly under threat, businesses need to reconsider their flexible working policies and ensure they have adequate technology in place for their employees to be most productive.

"Londoners spend an average of up to two hours per day on public transport, and this is only set to increase during the Games. Therefore, this makes it a good time to introduce remote working policies that will afford employees greater freedom and flexibility and, even more importantly, will prevent the disruption having a detrimental effect on businesses as a whole, not just for the Olympics, but for the months and years to come."

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