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Struggling to be productive? Your tech could be to blame

August 21, 2017 Geoffroy De Lestrange

Ever found that you are working on an important task but the computer programme you are using is just too slow, or you have to create an impressive presentation for a potential client but you just don’t have the software tools you need? You’re not the only one.

In our day-to-day lives, we now have access to so much new and intuitive technology, but when it comes to work, it seems the tech provided just doesn’t match up.

At least, this is what was shown in our latest study with IDC. The research revealed that more than a third (34%) of UK managers and HR professionals don’t feel they are provided with the latest technologies they need at work.

Not only did respondents feel that the tech at their work is inadequate, another third (34%) believe that legacy IT systems are actually hindering the development of their company. It is damaging employee morale and their productivity.

The research also revealed that both the HR and IT departments are failing to support employees when it comes to technology in the workplace.  More than one in ten (12%) UK managers and HR professionals believe that HR does not ensure managers have the appropriate tools they need and another 14% believe that IT managers do not help deliver modernised tools for employees.

Yet, it also not all doom and gloom.  UK employers are not completely failing when it comes to kitting out their workforce with the latest tech.

As flexible working becomes the norm and many of us are starting to fit our lives around our jobs, rather than the other way around, the majority of UK businesses (84%) now provide company applications and access to data for remote working and most (70%) UK survey respondents also stated that they are able to do all or at least some of their tasks on their tablet or phone. The UK also ranks among the top EU countries offering the most IT training in the workplace.

Yet, there is still a lot more that can be done. So, how can UK employers crank it up a gear?

Many companies fear that improving the technology provided to their workforce will be expensive and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Better collaboration is the first simple and cheap solution – HR and IT need to work closer together. Through supporting one another’s efforts, they will be able to properly support their employees. Collaborating will enable HR and IT to better facilitate and improve the roll out of technology across their organisation, to understand where the problems lie and to better identify where employees need more technical support. Only once HR and IT are in sync, can companies start being able to offer employees the technology they need.

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