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CBI study confirms increase in office 'teleworking'


21/06/2011

By Max Clarke

A study by the Confederation of British Industry today shed light on the growing trend of ‘teleworking’ in the UK’s workplaces.

Gone, the study suggested, is the habit of ‘presenteeism’, where workers were compelled to stay in the office. A host of new technologies, including smartphones and HD video conferencing abilities have contributed to the transition, which is believed to improve job satisfaction and boost employee retention.

[The] “CBI’s study is testament to the fact that physical presence in the office is no longer relevant, with companies worldwide adapting their patterns of work to deliver teleworking options to employees,” commented Andreas Wienold, sales chief at LifeSize video conferencing firm. “As a result of this, more and more organisations are implementing HD video solutions, which allow staff to communicate anywhere, anytime regardless of whether they’re in the boardroom, working from home or on the road.:

Interestingly, research into 19 blue chip companies published yesterday, suggests that for younger employees it is more desirable to work in the office.

The so-called Generation Y were found to porefer working in the office for its social aspects, and for the opportunity ‘to see and be seen.’

Wienold continued: “While some meetings still require a physical presence, thanks to affordable and interoperable video technologies, it’s now possible for many employees to access the right tools to stay in close and personal contact with colleagues and customers. Business on the move is a key trend for companies of all sizes and it no longer costs a fortune to equip mobile workers to remain flexible, but maintain a good level of productivity and collaboration so that it’s business as usual.”


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