Olympians offer business travel tips

Employees based in or going to London during the Olympic Games are being warned to plan their travel in advance to avoid any delays.

That’s the advice offered by Olympians Sally Gunnell and Chris Boardman, cited by freshbusinessthinking.com, who suggest that finding the easiest and quickest route to your destination is empirical during the Games as many thousands will be using the capital’s transport systems.

As a result there could be delays to journeys, which means that staff should allow enough time to reach their destination – a conference venue in London, for example.

Other tips from the Olympians include ‘making the most of the commute’ by encouraging staff to walk down to the next bus stop or getting off a stop early. Furthermore, encouraging a workforce to walk, cycle or run to a meeting could increase motivation.

“Building a cycling community at work is a great way of encouraging workplace relationships and increasing motivation. Consider introducing a buddy system, which matches people who are cycling the same way so they can ride together,” added Chris Boardman to managementoday.co.uk.

The tips have been inspired by research from Transport for London (TfL) which reveal that 86 per cent of central London firms are implementing initiatives to make employees consider alternative forms of transport during the Games. Of this percentage, 60 per cent will encourage their staff to cycle or walk.