By Daniel Hunter
A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Interactive Intelligence shows that only 23% of senior managers and above - from large businesses based in London and the South - feel their company is fully prepared for the potential disruption caused by the 2012 Olympic Games.
The survey of 120 senior managers and above discovered that a vast majority (79%) estimate that a proportion of their staff expected to commute and travel during the Olympics will be affected by the disruption.
The survey shows that a number of businesses have already responded to this issue; 57% have already implemented, or plan to implement, remote working capabilities, helping to ensure employees are empowered to work from any location during the Olympics to help increase productivity.
However, a worrying 42% are either still planning (13%), or do not plan to implement (28%), a remote working strategy. Some of the reasons cited include concerns around not having the right technology in place, security and cost of deployment.
Of those companies that already have, or plan to have, remote working set up during the Olympics, a number of steps were identified to ensure business continuity while employees work remotely.
Nearly half (49%) said they will ensure employees have access to suitable equipment, such as a smartphone or laptop. Increasing network security (24%) and company Internet bandwidth (21%) are key priorities for businesses, followed closely by improving the company’s network infrastructure (19%) and implementing a full Unified Communications strategy (17%).
“The Olympic Games is going to be a catalyst for many companies turning to remote working in London and the South," Dave Paulding, Regional Sales Director UK, Middle East & Africa, Interactive Intelligence said.
"However, it will be those that make preparations sooner rather than later who will achieve the most benefit. The advantages to businesses and their employees are clear; time and money is saved from reduced travel time, making business practices more effective and efficient.”
This same topic was recently addressed by transport minister Norman Baker MP, who said that communications technologies are vital to keep companies running during times of major disruption, such as the Olympic Games (more here).
“The key to remote working is unified communications, which can meet the IT needs of the company and the employee, wherever and whenever they need to work,” adds Paulding. “Interactive Intelligence’s unified communications solutions can securely and cost effectively link workers over a single connection using VoIP and SIP to recreate the office environment in the home.
“Those wanting a temporary solution to remote working could turn to cloud computing. This type of service is priced by per user, per month, giving businesses the option to opt in and out of remote working according to their operational demands.
“Just as athletes around the world have to prepare to ensure success during the Olympic Games, so too must our local businesses.”
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