On Tuesday, October 19th, Cisco released The Cisco Connected World Report.
The report attempts to address the question: "Is the office really necessary?" It highlights employees' desire for work flexibility, mobility, and discusses the struggle IT faces with these emerging trends. Conducted by InsightExpress, it featured an accompanying online broadcast with Cisco executives.
WebEx offers some solutions to the issues raised in the report.
The Cisco Connected World Report surveyed 2,600 workers and IT professionals in 13 countries and found:
Finding: Three of every five employees (60%) believed it was unnecessary to be in the office to be productive.
One of the most costly recurring expenses for any business is physical office space. Previously, employees faced significant hurdles working remotely causing a significant drop in productivity. Having employees sit in an office isn't necessarily required with technologies like WebEx. Employees are able to work from anywhere by having easy access to real-time collaboration including content sharing and face-to-face interaction.
WebEx also has solutions that provide secure instant messaging and email – Cisco WebEx Connect and Cisco WebEx Mail, respectively. Using WebEx solutions allows employees to conduct their day-to-day tasks regardless of their physical location. Employees noted, when given access outside of the office, they put in more hours. This indicates that employees are willing to work non-traditional hours at the benefit of having the flexibility.
Finding: Two of every three employees surveyed (66 percent) expect IT to allow them to use any device – personal or company-issued – to access corporate networks, applications, and information anywhere at any time, and they expect the types of devices to continue diversifying.
Two of three employees worldwide (66 percent) said they would take a job with less pay and more flexibility in device usage, access to social media, and mobility than a higher-paying job without such flexibility. It is possible to increase productivity while saving costs when you let employees choose how they work - including online solutions. Not only will you see a decrease in expenses, but your organization will also see an increase in efficiency and morale.
The study also found employees feel strongly about having the flexibility to work anywhere that it would dictate their company loyalty (13 percent), choice of jobs (12 percent), and morale (9 percent). Did you know that the WebEx solutions allow your workforce to be entirely mobile? Not only can you access your meetings from any computer (PC, Mac, Linux, or Solaris) but also from smartphones including Apple iPhones and iPads, as well as select Blackberry, Samsung, and Nokia devices.
This not only benefits your organization in driving down operating costs but also enables your organization to become more productive. Whether they are walking across the company campus, on public transportation, or at the local coffee shop, instant connectivity to WebEx meetings allows employees to engage in valuable collaboration regardless of a computer being present.
Read more about the report here.
The Cisco Connected World Report revealed one thing we know is true: the nature of how we work is changing. Understanding how to embrace these changes in a way that meets your business objectives will allow you to gain a competitive advantage (along with happier employees!).
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