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TELECOMWORLDWIRE-25 October 2005-Ad hoc flexible working could result in longer hours - report(C)1994-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Large UK businesses increasingly try to enable flexible working and increase staff productivity, but some of them fail to provide employees with the right training to ensure they benefit from this investment, according to a new research conducted on behalf of UK telecomms company BT.

According to the study, over 50% of the organisations surveyed already use at least four types of wireless device. Laptops (94%) and mobile phones (84%) are most popular, followed by PDAs (72%) and smartphones such as a BlackBerry (58%). Of these businesses, 83% provide staff with the devices to promote flexible or remote working, but only 62% have formal 'working from home' policies. Moreover, only 34% of the companies actually assess the impact of flexible working on staff satisfaction, the results of the study show.

Furthermore, employees are failing to capitalise on the full potential of the devices. According to the study, the majority of companies surveyed used wireless connectivity for e-mail, address book contacts and calendar (86%), followed by web access (67%), but only 56% are capitalising on remote access to the corporate network.

Over three quarters (78%) of businesses surveyed intend to invest further in wireless technologies, with laptop PCs (90%), mobile phones (78%), PDAs (60%) and smartphones (55%) the most likely items to be purchased over the next year, while the more basic pager was the least likely device to be purchased.

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Date:Oct 25, 2005
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