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Majority of Londoners Expect Olympics Transport Problems

Date: 23 May 2012

A recent poll by research company Populus for the AA suggests that the majority of Londoners expect transport systems to have problems during this summer's London Olympics and Paralympics.

When polled, just 16% of Londoners agreed with the phrase 'I think the transport system will cope' - the highest proportion nationally - yet only 12% (5% nationally) said they would work from home for some or all of the games to avoid the disruption.

Commenting on the research, Work Wise UK CEO Phil Flaxton said "With an anticipated 3.3 million additional journeys expected on the games' busiest days and TFL predicting that London's transport systems will need to see a 30% decrease in commuter numbers just to keep the systems from experiencing severe disruption, these figures show that more employers need to take all available opportunities to become more efficient by enabling staff to work more flexibly."

UK fails to break commuting habit

The average commute is now 30 minutes - four minutes longer than in 2012, according to Regus.

More Than 4 Million People Now Regularly Work From Home

Figures released today by the TUC to mark National Work from Home Day show that more than 4 million people now regularly work from home; a rise of more than 62,000 over the course of last year.

Working smarter can save people two weeks per year, reports leading travel firm

An independent travel company is calling for more UK businesses to adopt smarter working practices after a survey of its own workforce revealed that they spent 13.5 days on average per year commuting to and from their previous workplace.

Work Wise UK Launches Online Productivity Tool

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Home Working Defies Recession

The number of people working from home has increased by 13 per cent in the last five years, according to a new TUC analysis of official figures published today (Friday) to mark National Work From Home Day, organised by WorkWise UK.

Commute Times Rising for Women

TUC analysis of the latest Labour Force Survey figures has revealed that average commute times for women have increased in the last six years, while those for men have fallen slightly.

Majority of Londoners Expect Olympics Transport Problems

A recent poll by research company Populus for the AA suggests that the majority of Londoners expect transport systems to have problems during this summer's London Olympics and Paralympics.

Older Workers Most Likely To Work From Home

Research announced today by the TUC in support of Work Wise UK's National Work From Home Day, part of Work Wise Week 2012, shows that workers over the age of 55 are the most likely age group to work from home.

Turning potential business disruption to advantage through Flexible Working

AOS Studley, the real estate and workplace consulting company has published a White Paper aimed at helping organisations to ensure business continuity during the Olympic Games. It contains research data as well guidance on how to implement a shift to flexible working.

Work Wise Week 2012 Begins

Work Wise Week 2012 begins today, 13th May 2012. Returning for the 7th consectutive year, the week once again features the hugely successful National Work from Home Day on Friday, 18th May.

Presenteeism Undermining Competitiveness

The stuttering UK economy is driving a culture of presenteeism in organisations, undercutting the adoption of flexible working practices and undermining companies’ ability to compete, suggests new research. The study by O2, examined the future of work and flexible working in UK companies, to support the launch of its Joined Up People Service. It reveals that a significant proportion of office workers (41%) feel pressure to be present and visible in the office as a result of the economic climate.

Commute Times Add Up To 5 Extra Weeks Work A Year

Employees spend nearly 200 hours a year travelling to and from work – adding up to around five weeks extra work – according to a TUC analysis of official statistics published today (Monday) to mark the start of Work Wise UK’s Commute Smart week (14-18 November).

Londoners Have Longest Commute In The UK

Figures just released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Londoners have the longest commute in the UK despite being more likely to use public transport.

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