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Commonwealth Games countdown: make sure your business is ready

By Neil Maclean and Joanna Boag-Thomson

With only 49 days to go until the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow, athletes from across the world are making their final preparations and many spectators are sorting their travel arrangements. We think there are seven things you can do to ensure that your business is equally prepared for Glasgow 2014.

1. Minimising the impact of travel disruption
If your business is based in Glasgow, plan now for possible travel disruption. With driving restrictions in place around certain venues, changes to public transport and open-air events such as the road race and marathon closing down streets, you should help staff plan their journeys in advance. Remember, travel disruption won’t just affect commuters, but also business travel during the working day for meetings and site visits. The best approach is to be flexible where possible and communicate consistently with employees. This could include allowing employees to work from home providing that you have the IT systems in place and have completed any necessary health and safety checks. For some employees, they may find it easier to attend a different office nearer to home during the Games. For others, it may help to vary start or finish times to accommodate transport changes. Try arranging meetings by video or telephone conference rather than travelling to one location. By working with employees and planning these changes in advance, you can ensure that any travel disruptions have the minimum impact on your business…

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