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Snow costs companies £318 million in productivity

31 January 2013

The adverse weather conditions seen in the UK recently have cost employers some £318 million in productivity, according to research published by roadside recovery firm Green Flag.

According to the study, 8.5 million British adults have been unable to work their contracted hours because of the snow and ice seen across the country recently.

Spokesperson Miranda Schunke told HR Magazine that frozen work has seen many people put their work commitments on hold.

"The extremely high demand for breakdown support highlights the risks faced by motorists who take to the roads in severe and icy conditions," she added.

Potentially, the problems caused by the weather over the last few weeks could highlight the importance of flexible working to UK employers.

Rick Cudworth, lead partner for resilience and preparedness, recently urged companies to have a system in place allowing their staff to work from home if the weather prevents them from travelling.

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