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Companies Losing Productivity by Not Allowing Flexible Working

Working remotely improves employee productivity, according to a survey of over 300 London business people, commissioned by Sirenic. 70% of respondents claim they would be more effective if they could work flexibly but only 49% admitted that their companies offered this option, showing that businesses are failing to get the best out of their staff.

The most common reasons for needing to work away from the office were business trips and attending meetings (46%). However, the unbearably hot office conditions this summer attributed to 15% working from home and 6% required flexible working to accommodate changes in childcare arrangements over the holidays.

Interestingly, 8% of respondents said that they would take the opportunity to get away from annoying colleagues. Email access is considered the most important factor for successful remote working according to 66% of respondents.

Despite popular belief, employees are unlikely to exploit flexible working according to the survey. 81% of employees whose companies offered the option had worked remotely less than three days last month, with more than half working away from the office at all.

Specialist IT development and training company Erlang Training & Consulting has recently implemented mobile email solution MobilePA to improve its business performance and productivity.

The company selected Sirenic’s MobilePA, because it provides access to email, relevant news feeds and company business applications through PDAs, laptops and any mobile phone or land line, cost effectively.

Emails are organised according to their relevance so that consultants are able to select and read only the most relevant emails while on the road. Additionally, MobilePA’s voice technology allows them to select and listen to emails and respond verbally.

This means that consultants can respond to clients quickly and efficiently, wherever they are based and work confidentially using their mobile devices around the globe – even in Japan.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.