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Olympic Legacy for UK plc

The Olympics is UK plc’s largest live experiment in telecommuting. Futurologists have been telling us for years that work would be done at home, the beach or the coffee shop making use of all the technology that is now available to us.

It is a shame that the experiment didn’t take place at a better time, perhaps October/November when UK plc is in full Usain Bolt like flow, instead of in the middle of the slow summer holiday season, but i’m sure the Olympics take precedent over any economics experiment.

What will be the legacy of this telecommuting experiment?

Time will tell, but most predictions of the future tend to be wrong, i.e. we are not flying around in Jetson style space ships or eating hydrogenated potato mash style.

But I would expect that managers can see that teleworking is now a real possibility, and workers providing you have a real system for monitoring, organising and rewarding teleworkers then it is a valid business choice.

Workers avoiding the costs and time of travel would also benefit from this arrangement, and the cost and overhead of office space in prime locations would be saved.

Perhaps the Olympics will give a competitive advantage to UK plc which will outlast the memories of the excellent performance of our athletes.