|[September 11, 2017]
Softchoice Study Reveals North American Workers Expect to Be Equipped with the Technology to Work from Anywhere
The ability to work remotely has gone from being a work perk to a
necessity of 21st century living, according to a new study by Softchoice,
a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. The
Unleashed: Empowering Individuals to Work Together from Anywhere,
found that 85 percent of North American office workers expect their
employers to provide technology that allows them to work from wherever
they choose - whether that's at their desk, in a meeting room, at home,
or the coffee shop down the street.
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According to a new study by Softchoice (News - Alert), a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider, 85 percent of North American office workers expect their employers to provide technology that allows them to work and collaborate from anywhere. (Graphic: Business Wire)
"It has never been more challenging, but also more important, for
organizations to deliver what employees want," said Francis Li, Vice
President, Information Technology, Softchoice. "Cloud, mobile and
unified communications technology continues to reak down siloes and
help employees to be more productive and collaborative from wherever
they do their best work. As a result, what employees increasingly want
is a seamless experience where they can access content, connect with
colleagues and share files, and be productive from anywhere."
For the study, Softchoice surveyed 1,000 full-time North American office
workers who use a computer or mobile device for the majority of their
work day. The study explores trends in employee productivity and
collaboration, including the use of office automation tools, remote work
flexibility, and how well organizations equip their people with the
technology they need to be productive.
Other key findings from
the study include:
Remote work capabilities are critical to employee retention: Employees
would take increased remote work opportunity over an increase in pay,
with 74 percent of employees saying they would quit their jobs to
work for an organization that would allow them to work remotely more
often, even if their salary stayed the same.
Automation boosts productivity, but scares some workers: While 69
percent of employees say office automation tools have positively
impacted their productivity, nearly one in four workers feel their
job is in danger of being replaced entirely by technology within five
Technical issues are killing collaboration: 83 percent of employees use
technology to collaborate in real time with people in different
locations, however, 78 percent of them say they experience frequent
technical difficulties that impact the collaborative experience.
The study also identified that, compared to Baby Boomers, millennials
are twice as likely to feel more productive and better-equipped working
at home than at the office. On top of that, the vast majority (88
percent) of millennials believe their employer should equip them with
the technology to work remotely.
Every day, thousands of organizations rely on Softchoice to provide
insight and expertise that speeds the adoption of technology, while
managing cost and risk. Softchoice's End User Productivity Assessment
gives IT leaders get a clear view of the technology in their
environment, what technology their end users are actually leveraging,
and what gaps exist that they need to address. The end result is an
intelligent plan for businesses to execute their collaboration
strategies and drive adoption.
To view and download a copy of the full Collaboration Unleashed study,
please visit www.softchoice.com/collaborationstudy.
As a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed
combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with
the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions
provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution
design, implementation, asset management, and cloud and managed
services, as well as access to one of the most comprehensive and
cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With
over 1,600 employees, Softchoice manages the technology needs of
thousands of corporate and public sector organizations across the United
States and Canada.
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