Remote Control: How to Empower Remote Workers

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-27-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Nearly 80 percent of surveyed remote workers said they would consider changing jobs if the option to work outside the office was removed.
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    Support Gap

    64% of survey respondents said it's "very important" to be able to work from anywhere, and 72% feel their company could do a better job in providing the needed tech tools to do this.
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    84% of employers want to implement more modern tech tools to better enable workplace flexibility as a way to attract and retain top talent.
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    79% of survey respondents work remotely once a week.
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    79% of survey participants with the flexibility to work remotely would consider changing jobs if this option was removed, and 62% say being able to work remotely remains a priority in seeking new employment.
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    30% of job seekers wouldn't even consider working for a company that doesn't offer remote work opportunities.
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    Wishful Thinking

    84% of those who can't work remotely say they would take advantage of this benefit if offered.
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    Personal Preferences

    Of those who do not work remotely, nearly half say they like going to the office and interacting with colleagues, and 43% say the nature of their job makes it difficult to work out of the office.
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    81% of survey respondents say the "freedom to try new tools" impacts their job satisfaction, and 68% say their company allows them to do this.
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    72% say their company provides access to tech communications/collaboration products, and 60% say access to these solutions is "very important" or "essential."
 

Is your office building looking, well, emptier these days? If so, it could be because organizations are getting more flexible in allowing employees to work remotely, according to a recent survey from Jive Software. The vast majority of employers are looking to invest in modern tech tools to better support such arrangements, in the interest of attracting and retaining top talent, findings reveal. It appears such efforts are a must do as opposed to a "nice to do," because most professionals now view working remotely as a given. If the option is taken away, in fact, many would look for another job. The findings also indicate that the empowerment of employees to pursue their own tech is alive and well, as a great deal of them enjoy the freedom to try new tools to enhance their performance. Given the stakes, CIOs and their tech teams must come up with collaborative/communications solutions that enable remote teams to maximize productivity with high-performance connections, while not placing the enterprise at risk for a security breach. An estimated 1,000 professionals and managers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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