Only 37% of Irish workers have the authorisation and access tools to work remotely, according to a new study by Ricoh Ireland.
The research, which was carried out in association with TechPro magazine in November and involved 175 IT decision-makers from private and public sector organisations across Ireland, highlights a major issue for Irish businesses according to Ricoh Ireland. The technology experts believe that not only are employers potentially losing out on bringing in the best talent but they are also failing to empower their current employees.
More than half of respondents (54%) cited technology issues as the main barrier to workstyle innovation. The other two most quoted obstacles were a rigid culture (49%) and the unwillingness of senior management to embrace it (43%). Only 51% believe their business is fully embracing digital transformation.
The research also finds that 85% of organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to manage and secure business documents. Over two thirds (67%) of IT departments do not have visibility of all business documents and more than half (55%) are not aware of all personal devices being used to create work documents.
Speaking this week, Director at Ricoh Ireland and UK, Chas Moloney said, "There is still a significant number of employees who have limited or restricted remote access to work materials and tools. There’s a digital revolution taking place throughout the world and Irish businesses need to be a part of this, or they will be left behind."
He added, "With the importance of work/life balance nowadays and increasing numbers of people working at home or on the move, the appetite for mobility and accessibility among workers has never been greater."