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Firms 'not ready for Games absence'

Most employers have not drawn up plans for dealing with an expected surge in staff absence during the Olympics, months before the Games start, according to a new report.

A survey of 1,000 office workers by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark showed that two-thirds were employed in companies yet to draft a plan.

Among those who have agreed procedures in place, some said annual leave will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while a small percentage have told staff they will not be allowed to take a break while the Games are held.

Employers in London are among those most likely not to have told their staff about holiday plans when the sporting event is held in the capital.

Nicola Linkleter, managing director at Badenoch & Clark, said: "As the six months countdown to the 'greatest show on earth' begins, a majority of employers are still in denial about the impact it will have on their businesses.

"Given the immense interest the London Olympic Games will create among workers, this is poor planning that could lead to employee discontent, confusion or threadbare cover."

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