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Is the office really necessary? Not according to new global study by Cisco (November 01, 2010)

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced results of an international workplace study that reveals three of five workers around the world believe that they do not need to be in the office anymore to be productive. In fact, their desire to be mobile...


November 1, 2010  


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Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced results of an international workplace study that reveals three of five workers around the world believe that they do not need to be in the office anymore to be productive.

In fact, their desire to be mobile and flexible in accessing corporate information is so strong that the same percentage of workers would choose jobs that were lower-paying, but had leniency in accessing information outside of the office over higher salaried jobs that lacked flexibility.

These and numerous other findings provide real-life insight into the expectations, demands, and behavior of the global workforce that is influencing the way information is accessed and how business communications are changing.

The study, which involved surveys of 2,600 workers and IT professionals in 13 countries, revealed that three of every five employees (60%) believed it was unnecessary to be in the office to be productive.

Two of every three employees surveyed (66%) 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.

In the future, employees expect their choice of network-connected endpoints to broaden to non-traditional work devices like televisions and navigation screens in cars.

For employees who can access corporate networks, applications, and information outside of the office, about half of the respondents (45%) admitted working between two to three extra hours a day, and a quarter were putting in four hours or more.

“However, extra hours do not translate to always-on, on-demand employees,” a release from Cisco stated. “They simply want the flexibility to manage their work-life balance throughout their waking hours.”