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O2 closes HQ for one day and leaves staff to their own devices

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

February 8, 2012 | 1 min read

O2 is letting more than 2000 employees work from home today to find out whether the business could continue as normal if nobody came into the office.

The mobile giant has shut the doors to its Slough HQ for one day and armed staff with the neccessary technology and tools to work remotely.

It is carrying out the "business readiness" experiment to find out how it would cope with sudden travel or weather disruptions and the major royal and sporting events coming up this year.

Business director Ben Dowd said: "The pilot aims to push the boundaries of what is possible through flexible working and will underpin our contingency plans to manage expected travel disruption and delays during the summer’s Olympics games.

"Flexible working has become an increasingly important aspect of British business culture, with a growing number of organisations and employees adopting a more flexible approach to working life. As new technologies make it increasingly easy to conduct business from beyond the confines of the office, we want everyone to be ready."

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