New resarch has revealed some of the key reasons why some businesses are still finding hybrid working tough.
After two years of wide-scale WFH adoption, many employers are still struggling to support remote workers, according to Mitel’s survey of 1,361 medium and large-scale businesses (each with 250-10,000 employees).
It found an estimated 44% of the British workforce will continue to work from home 3-4 days of the week, and 20% intend to work exclusively from their own homes. These trends are mirrored in several other studies that all suggest that hybrid working will play an important role moving forward.
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Three-quarters (75%) of the workers asked said that they think better communication and online collaboration tools help their productivity, but only one third (33%) of the companies claim to have “mature remote work practices with advanced communication and collaboration tools.”
A recent Microsoft report also believes that communication solutions are lacking by many businesses, too. The solution, according to Mitel and Techaisle, is for companies to invest into better collaboration tools. In an era of ever-tightening budgets, 69% of the companies surveyed said that multi-purpose communication and collaboration technology – known as Unified Communications (UC) platforms – would be more appropriate.
The best productivity tools should offer a variety of payment methods, including subscription-based and one-time purchase options, which should meet the almost equal number of businesses who either prefer capital or operational expenditure.
Productivity isn’t the only thing that better communication tools are designed to achieve. The Great Resignation, which has seen workers more willing to change jobs due to dissatisfaction, has put an even larger emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of employees.