As part of an initiative planned to prepare the company for the London 2012 Olympics, telecoms giant O2 asked all of its workforce in Slough to work from home for the day. 2,500 employees operated remotely as part of the pilot which O2 ran to test its contingency plans for expected travel disruption during the Olympics.

Only 125 staff worked in the office during the pilot which led to a saving of 2,000 hours of commuting time. 52% of this time was spent working. Another 14% of this time was spent on family time while 16% spent a little extra time sleeping. 88% of employees claimed that they had been at least as productive as normal, with 36% claiming that they were more productive than normal.

Only one person didn’t know about the pilot scheme and turned up at the office!