Employers embracing Olympic spirit

Firms giving workers paid time off to volunteer, others flexible so employees can take in ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience
By Carla S. Shore
|Western Report|Last Updated: 06/16/2009

It may be spring but in Vancouver business circles, thoughts are increasingly turning to winter and the upcoming February 2010 Winter Olympics. Many organizations are catching the Olympic spirit, from official sponsors to small businesses in the downtown core. The Games will dominate the city both in spirit and logistics, so many businesses are taking steps to get employees involved.

Last November, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), encouraged local businesses to step up to welcome the world.

“The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest event ever staged in this country and will require the support, collaboration and contribution of all businesses and citizens if we are to have extraordinary success for Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada,” said Furlong.