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More than two fifths of employees say poor technology is stopping them being as productive © istock

30 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

More than two fifths (42 per cent) of employees say poor technology is stopping them being as productive as they would like to be, and this figure increases when you look at larger or London-based organisations, according to a report by telecommunications company, Vodafone.

The report states that this is particularly critical in an age where “responsiveness has become “a key differentiator in business” and when “customers expect immediate answers, and employees need to be equipped to deliver that level of responsiveness”. 

The report also states that establishing an ‘anywhere office’ through easy technological access would mean means businesses can allow for the movement of people as it fits with their roles, the objectives of the business and the needs of customers. 

As the business grows, evolves, and transforms, by using technology to facilitate an agile workforce, employees can keep up their productivity even in the face of great change.

The report states businesses must make it easier for employees to connect and collaborate whether they’re in the office, at home or on the move. 

Enabling flexible working increases employee satisfaction, and helps attract, nurture and manage talent adds the study with 45 per cent of

employees saying their ideal employer would have a flexible working policy. 

It also reported that 50 per cent of employees spend thirty minutes or more travelling from their home to their place of work and back each day, nearly a fifth (22 per cent) say their journey allows them to fit more work into the day. 

The report is based on the findings from 3,019 online surveys completed during May 2017. 

Quotas were used to ensure robust and representative sample sizes of employees across genders, regions, industries, ages and business size.

The final data was weighted to be nationally representative of the UK workforce. The sample includes both full and part-time workers.

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