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How Working From Home Made London 2012 Olympics Possible
Posted by Chris Jankulovski over 5 years ago

In 1996, the Summer Olympics took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. 

The event was marred by criticism of its crowd control, which with  tales of bus drivers getting lost, athletes arriving moments before their events and overloaded trains that couldn’t get residents home. 

These prompted the International Olympic Committee to lay out measures to insure that this incident would not happen in the future.

Taking its cue from the Sydney Olympics of 2000 when 27% of workers took leave from their jobs, London transport commissioner Peter Hendy urged small and medium-sized businesses to allow certain staff to work from home to help ease traffic and avoid crowding issues during the 2012 Summer Olympics [Tweet This].

The announcement resulted in 1.5 million Londoners working from their homes. While it did help prevent traffic and crowd control problems from arising, there have been criticisms from local businessmen whose establishments (mostly restaurants and pubs) were severely affected by the work-from-home scheme which has turned London into a virtual ghost town.

Notwithstanding the effects on the food establishments and public transportation, it was able to put a spotlight on the fact that some jobs didn’t actually require people to go to an office particularly jobs that didn't rely heavily on constant collaboration between co-workers or when the staff count is small. 

Many of these job functions could have just as easily been completed from home and nobody would be the wiser for it and this is why our core business model is focused at offering home base staffing solutions.

With the prices of gasoline and basic commodities going up, and the desire by many to have a better work/life balance, the idea of working from has only become an alternative but a necessity. 

And for as long as they have a consistent internet connection and an efficient computer, a graphic designer, writer, computer programmer or accountant can work from home, wherever that may be. 

But there are still a considerable number of managers or business owners who are still not 100% confident about turning tasks over to online staff. 

They worry that  because  their staff or working from home that they might slack off due to the distractions in the house like the TV, kids, pets or noise from the around the neighborhood.

The first thing that managers should consider then when assigning  jobs for people working from home is ensure that these are the kinds of jobs that can be done from home. This not only means that these are “desk jobs” that can be done with a computer, but that a proper set of instructions and schedules are made. Break apart a project or goal into a series of tasks and set due dates for each task.  

This allows managers to see a project’s status at different stages and prevents online staff from wasting company time doing other things.

Companies such as Remote Staff have specialized technology for online staff and have developed ways to ensure that remote working really works for all involved. They’ve developed software that monitors a staff’s work through screenshots and time sheets, and sends these data to the clients. This keeps both parties accountable, ensuring that both benefit from this novel working relationship.

Also, thanks to innovations such as Skype, keeping in touch with team members and co-workers is easy and convenient, and there are a number of “cloud-based” applications that allow teams to collaborate and share files and information in real time. 

Remote working also allows entrepreneurs the opportunity to start businesses or form business teams without having to worry about the costs of putting up a traditional office and paying monthly rent and associated costs. 
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