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Flexible working cultures are stalling and companies are not making the most of technology’s potential to improve flexible working and productivity, according to a new report by the Work Foundation.
The ‘Productivity, technology & working anywhere’ report, published today, highlights the complex and often strained relationship between productivity, technology and work. It reveals a positive link between correctly-implemented technology and workplace productivity, but suggests progress can be marred by poor business planning, a lack of innovation, outdated IT and low uptake of flexible working cultures. It shows a divide between employee and employer perceptions of flexible working and a perceived lack of support for remote working from employers.
Supported by survey responses from 1,000 professional workers and 500 managers within medium and large organisations across the UK, the research, commissioned by Citrix, warns that flexible working cultures are stalling and calls for businesses to “make best use of employees who can act as ‘intrapreneurs’ to embrace and test new innovations, not be afraid to fail and be flagbearers for the future of work”.
Findings from respondents questioned in the report reveal:
Lesley Giles, Director of the Work Foundation, said: “Everyone should be able to benefit from developments in technology, working practices and feel supported and engaged to perform at their best. However, employers need to be mindful about the ways in which they integrate technology into processes and the effects this has on individuals and their roles – it is not about removing low value jobs but low value tasks, to create more good jobs, which make the best use of people.
“This needs to be combined with strategies to allow employees space and time to experiment with new ways of doing things and to learn as much from making mistakes as from what goes well. As we’ve highlighted, there is no time to waste.”