Remote working in Ireland is becoming more and more popular, according to market research carried out by Blueface, the Irish cloud communications company.
The research report titled “Business Communications Technology (BCT) Insight Report 2018” found that 78% of businesses surveyed have a remote working policy in place, which allows employees greater flexibility in choosing where they want to work.
Blueface say this is now possible due in large part to the rise of communications technologies such as VoIP. The use of VoIP technology has increased in workplaces, with 35% of businesses utilising VoIP and 25% of those surveyed without a VoIP line intending to switch to one. The Insight report also found that 60% of startups surveyed intend to choose VoIP as their next provider.
While older communications practices such as faxing and voicemail are still regularly in use, with 45% and 75% of subjects respectively still using them on a regular basis, The Insight report shows that Irish businesses have for the most part taken progressive steps forward in the utilisation of communications technology.
Due to the rapid growth of remote working policies in Irish workplaces, Blueface believe remote working policies will rival the popularity of fixed office locations by 2025.
Commenting on the research, Senior Vice President of Blueface in EMEA, Brian Martin said, "This survey demonstrates the rapid changes that are being experienced by Irish businesses. Employees are expecting more flexible work arrangements, customers are demanding more responsiveness from companies and the challenge is now for CEO’s to embrace the change required within their organisations to address these needs."