In 2012, for the London Olympic Games, there was a specific request from the UK government for companies to be more flexible in terms of allowing their employees to work remotely during the games (here). The idea was to reduce traffic, public transit use and in general public services.
While in some other countries, especially the Nordics and the US, remote working was already fairly common, in the UK there was still some resistance. But during the Games, businesses discovered that the sky didn’t fall in, that work still got done, that networks and technology were up to the task, and that employees loved it! And what’s not to love for businesses as well? Offices can be smaller, energy and network costs are lower (the difference being borne by employees), and in many cases people actually work more hours. The “always on” worker phenomenon took a quantum leap. In terms of the acceptance of remote work by managers, it can truly be said there was a before and after the 2012 Games.
Read the full article on the ATOS website