44% of UK firms not equipping mobile workers adequately

44% of UK firms not equipping mobile workers adequately

Almost half (44%) of UK companies are not giving mobile workers the technology they need to do their job, new research has revealed. The new study by Virgin Media Business highlighted how many businesses may be wholly unprepared for changes to the UK’s flexible working regulations coming into effect next week. The new law will enable employees to request the option of flexible working hours.

Of the 1,274 remote workers taking part in the survey, 88% said that traditional nine-to-five business hours were less relevant now than 10 years ago. On a positive note, the report showed how some firms are equipping remote workers with company-approved smartphones and SIMs (30%) or tablets (16%).

The respondents also pointed out a number of obstacles to the success of mobile working. Access to broadband or wifi was reported the biggest issue (36%) with other obstacles being access to work files and company network (32%), access to company resources e.g intranet, messaging tools and extranet (22%) and access to emails (21%).

Just 22% of mobile workers highlighted the security issues associated with working remotely as a big concern while almost half said that information security on mobile devices were their employer’s biggest worry.

Duncan Higgins, marketing director at Virgin Media Business, said that not only do employees now expect their employers to allow flexible working practices, but also to provide them with the tools and training they need to do it well. ‘If done correctly, remote working can transform an organisation, making the work environment less complex and enabling employees to be more collaborative and deliver a better service in an increasingly competitive business environment.’

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