January 29, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Advises Employers to Prepare for Olympics Disruption

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2012) - Swinton Commercial, a leading UK business insurance broker, is advising employers to plan ahead for workforce disruption as a result of the 2012 London Olympics.

Research has shown that even though 93% of employers realise that the Olympics will have a knock-on effect on business, 29% still do not have plans to deal with the disruption.

With many staff taking time off to watch events - and in some cases volunteer at the Games - employers can expect to see lower staff attendance and productivity issues, as well as travel disruption.

Swinton Commercial is advising businesses to discuss holiday plans with staff ahead of the Games, which run from July 27th to August 12th.

Clarifying the staffing needs of the business well in advance and ensuring that those dealing with absence procedures are prepared for disruptions, could go a long way in avoiding short-term issues that arise from staff absence.

To help businesses prepare for the Olympics, Swinton Commercial is offering the following tips ahead of July 27th:

  • Transport and HR policies - consider flexible working and teleconferences for staff to reduce travel while transport networks are stretched and review supporting HR policies in case they need to be adapted.

  • Security - Review your security procedures, making sure existing evacuation plans still work under these circumstances. Inform staff of any changes that are made.

  • Check your supply chain - Assess who and where your key suppliers are and how they will be operating during the Games; be prepared for disruption ahead of time.

  • Venues - Assess how close your workplace is to Olympic venues, and have arrangements in place should you be unable to get to work using the normal route.

  • Keep track of the Games - Set up an Olympic working group, to keep abreast of developments and how they could impact on your business.

Jolene Shaw, Technical Referral Adviser at Swinton Commercial Insurance, said: "While hosting the Olympics will generate a great deal of revenue for UK businesses, it also means employers need to be prepared for the scale of this event and the complications that come with it. We would recommend that firms check their business insurance policies to make sure they're covered for special circumstances such as this."

For more information, contact Anna Goulding or Mairead Rodden at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatons.co.uk.

Notes to Editors:

About Swinton Commercial:

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With 34 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

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