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Over half of Irish business leaders say productivity has improved with remote working

Written by Robert McHugh, on 22nd Jan 2021. Posted in Technology

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Expleo, the technology partner for innovative companies, today announces the results of a new survey which reveals that worker productivity has endured, and even improved in the remote working era.

The survey interviewed 200 business and IT leaders about sentiments around remote working, skills shortages and sustainability agenda.

A combined 89% of business and IT leaders in Ireland said productivity had improved or stayed the same while working remotely, with 52% noting an improvement in productivity, and 37% attesting to a maintenance of productivity levels. Only 11% of respondents said productivity had declined due to remote working.

However, there is a sense that important intangibles such as company culture have been negatively impacted by the shift towards remote working. Fifty three percent of respondents expressed concern that long-term remote working has impacted, or will negatively impact their team or organisation’s camaraderie.

In terms of recruitment, Expleo’s survey found that 12% of companies have increased headcount during the pandemic, while 35% of companies plan to hire more people to address their IT skills shortage over the next 12 months. Additionally, 30% plan to outsource more IT functions and 43% plan to automate more processes to deal with their IT skills shortages.

Commenting on the findings, Managing Director at Expleo Ireland, Phil Codd said, "Since March of last year, the business community has been forced to conduct a remote working litmus test for large swathes of office workers throughout Ireland. To the enormous credit of these workers, our survey has found that productivity has improved or remained the same for the vast majority. With the Government outlining a new strategic approach to long term remote working, this workforce evolution looks set to continue."

He added, "To ensure employees feel fully valued and connected, it’s imperative that business leaders find ways to boost employee camaraderie, culture and cohesion in the months and years ahead."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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