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1 In 4 Employees Do Not Have the Tech They Need
espite the evolving
technological landscape and
rise in flexible working,
Leesman data, released today,
reveals that organisations are failing
to get the basics right when it
comes to providing the digital and
virtual systems that support
employees in their roles.
A new data release by Leesman, the
world’s leading assessor of workplace
effectiveness, analyses how
organisations can better support
employees by offering the technology
tools and infrastructure that enable
people to work in a flexible way.
As per Deloitte’s 2018 Tech Trends
report issued at the beginning of 2018,
there is a heightened focus on how
disruptive technologies will help
businesses achieve larger strategic
and operational goals, and drive
greater value. The report predicts that
within the next two years, more
companies will embrace the emerging
‘no-collar workforce’ trend by
redesigning jobs and reimagining how
work gets done in a hybrid human-andmachine environment.
However, with all eyes on everevolving technological solutions – not
to mention the discourse concerning
the rise of artificial intelligence, virtual
and augmented realities and how this
will impact the economy – Leesman
findings show that, as of yet,
organisations are failing to get the
basics right.
As per the latest dataset (Q1 2018) 23
per cent do not agree that they have
the technology tools and infrastructure
that enable them to work in different
locations across the office or from
different locations outside of the office.
Despite the fact that remote working is
reportedly on the rise, employees are
not empowered to work in this way.
According to a survey of business
leaders at the 2015 Global Leadership
Summit, 34 per cent said more than
half their company’s full-time workforce
would be working remotely by 2020 –
which is worrying considering 29 per
cent of employees do not agree that
the culture of their organisation is
supportive to working in a mobile or
flexible way. What’s more, 33 per cent
do not have access to training when it
comes to optimising this work model.
“We’ve never had more tech, so why
aren’t employees becoming more
productive? Our research consistently
shows it’s because businesses are not
getting the basics right. Across our
global sample of more than 300,000+
employees, those “basics” will differ
depending on what employees are
doing. For those who rely on technology
to do their jobs, many are not satisfied
with their workplace’s current offering.
“Thanks to the proliferation of
affordable yet sophisticated tech,
many employees have better devices
and systems at home than they do at
the office. In the workplace, people
are often faced with inadequate
equipment or slow, unreliable wifi –
both of which can act as a barrier to
work rather than an enabler.
“It sounds obvious, but the most
productive employees are those who
have the tools that support their role in
the organisation. So before we throw
our arms in the air to applaud and
welcome the digital revolution heading
our way, perhaps employers should
ensure the physical, virtual and social
providing help their employees deliver
their best work.
“Let’s redesign and reimagine how work
gets done in human environments…
before the machines arrive.”
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