Londoners left struggling to get to the office during strikes that closed the city’s subway were allowed to work from home by only 9 percent of employers, according to a survey of 1,000 commuters.
More than 66 percent of people were late during walkouts on the Tube, which took place across four days in July and August, with delays averaging 38 minutes a day, the poll commissioned by conference-call provider MeetingZone Ltd. says.
Industrial action over Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans for a 24-hour Tube has cost companies more than 1.5 million working hours, based on Transport for London data, MeetingZone said, with almost three-quarters of people surveyed suggesting companies need to be more flexible about working options.
“Senior management need to realize the work landscape has changed and stop blocking the adoption of flexible working practices,” MeetingZone Chief Executive Officer Steve Gandy said. “We’re wasting so much time trying to get into the office when we have the technology at our fingertips.”
Almost 50 percent of respondents were between 30 minutes and an hour late during the walkouts. Members of the legal profession proved to be the tardiest -- with 89 percent failing to make it to work on time, according to the survey.
The latest four-day subway strike, which had been due to start Tuesday, was suspended by unions following reports of progress in contract talks with London Underground Ltd.