One-off event deserves to be enjoyed by everyone

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It might have gripped the entire nation – but workers at Portsmouth City Council must make do with catching up on the day’s Olympic action when they get home at night.

The London 2012 Games are a one-off spectacle like no other so we can understand why staff are so upset.

The Games are the talk of offices and workplaces all over the country and yet the city council has chosen to put an automatic block on computers for the duration of the event.

There are many who will feel that goes against the spirit of what the Games are all about and contradicts the council’s own stance as an official supporter of the Olympics.

While everyone else is seeing history being made, those in the civic offices can’t even check how many medals have been won during their lunch break.

One of the great joys of the Games is that it some how manages to sweep everyone up in the excitement.

That’s exactly why Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has advised employers to take a flexible attitude towards staff watching the action live when they’re at work.

A little give and take is a great thing – especially when it comes to raising morale. Perhaps the city council could now reconsider and think about the message it would send to staff if it took a more lenient attitude.

While others have crowded around TV screens or computers to see such highlights as Bradley Wiggins taking gold, and rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning take silver, the council’s employees have been left out in the cold.

And that’s clearly created some resentment, not least because those not interested in the Olympics are still able to check their Facebook accounts and do a spot of internet shopping during their breaks.

No-one is suggesting that workers should be allowed to spend hours on end glued to their monitors.

But it’s time for the council to stop being killjoys and to get behind Team GB.

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