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How Remote Workers Impact Enterprise Collaboration

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-16-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Remote Workers Impact Enterprise Collaboration

    Many organizations with a distributed workforce struggle to ensure that their workplace and tech support contribute to enterprise collaboration.
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    Design Drivers

    85% of execs said their organization's office space was designed to allow and encourage employees to interact with each other often, and 81% said the improvement of employee productivity was strongly considered.
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    Concentrated Effort

    64% of employees said blocking out workplace noise and distractions boosts productivity, and 52% said it reduces work errors while 48% said it allows them to focus on the task at hand.
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    Optimal Environment, Part I

    29% of employees said the most important quality of their work environment is the ability to focus and work without interruptions, while 24% cite a need for collaborative space.
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    Optimal Environment, Part II

    Nearly one-of-five said it's most important to seamlessly connect their device no matter where they are in the office, and 14% said "having my own space" matters most.
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    Faulty Translation

    Only 40% of employees said their at-home devices integrate seamlessly with their work tools.
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    Offsite Issue

    Just two-of-five execs and employees feel that staffers have the tools they need to do their job at home or on the road.
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    Consolidation Plan

    65% of employees said they prefer to have devices that work well in their personal and work lives, rather than use different devices for both.
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    Point-Counterpoint

    Just 26% of execs said they expect employees to be available after-hours "always" or "frequently," but 47% of employees said this is expected of them.
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    Always On

    43% of execs said they feel pressured to be constantly connected as a result of new, digital tech, and 27% of employees agree.
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    38% of execs said they experience information overload because of the constant connectivity, and 27% of employees feel the same way.
 

This decade has seen the rise of a more open, collaborative workplace—along with a wealth of both personal and company-provided tech tools to enable employees to thrive in these spaces. That said, many organizations still struggle to ensure that both their space and tech support best contribute to positive productivity, according to a recent survey from Oxford Economics and Plantronics. The resulting report, titled "When the Walls Come Down: How Smart Companies are Rewriting the Rules of the Open Workplace," indicates that most executives said their office space was designed primarily to encourage collaboration. However, employees feel that they're most productive when they're able to block out noise and distractions. They also need better support from IT, as only a minority of professionals said their at-home devices integrate seamlessly with their company tools. In addition, the findings reveal how ongoing pressures on both execs and staffers to stay "constantly connected" to devices is creating "information overload" and other stress. "This is more than feel-good stuff," according to the report. "Employee satisfaction and productivity are closely tied to financial success. While many of our survey respondents say better technology is allowing employees to do higher-value work and even contribute to bottom-line performance, the full value cannot be realized unless technology works as planned and employees have the distraction-free space they need to do that strategic work. In short, giving employees what they want—the ability to do their jobs well, and with minimal stress and distraction—pays off." More than 1,200 global senior execs and employees took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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