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Friday, 28 June 2013 16:58

Flood crisis a wake-up call for Calgary businesses and flexible work arrangements

CALGARY — The flood crisis is a wake-up call for Calgary companies to adopt flexible work arrangements.

With the city in disarray this past week and the downtown closed for business, many companies may find this a spark to put in place telework programs that can prove invaluable not only during crises, but on a more regular basis, said Dr. Laura Hambley, Calgary-based industrial/organizational psychologist with The Leadership Store.

“Having employees well practiced and equipped to work from home, or telework, is an excellent business continuity strategy. In fact, it should be a key component of such plans whenever possible,” she said.

Companies who already have a flexible work policy in place, seamlessly work through natural disasters without losing productivity while keeping safe in their homes, she said.