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Videoconferencing is Transforming Information Workers into Remote Workers

December 7, 2012 | Telepresence Options

Despite the growing popularity of flexible working, only 60% of UK businesses offer flexible working arrangements to their staff, despite one in four office workers wanting the chance to work around family commitments and from home.

However, according to an independent study commissioned recently by Polycom, Inc., remote working is something that could "become the norm" by 2022. The research found that amongst the 1000 UK professionals asked, the increase in new technologies adopted by employers has "heightened UK office workers' expectations of how work should fit into their lifestyles".

During the last ten years, employees working from home has almost doubled from 21% to 40% and employers offering parents the chance to work flexibly has risen from 28% to 44%. However, UK workers would like their hours to be more able to fit around partners, children and the time and cost of commuting.

This trend of flexible working is growing rapidly though, due mostly to new technologies being adopted by firms such as cloud and videoconferencing solutions. Face-to-face meetings and telephone calls are showing a steady decline as employees change the way they communicate and collaborate.

This has been given a boost by the growth in mobile computing; laptop use has tripled over the last decade to 46% this year, smartphone use has doubled and one in ten employees now use tablet devices for work.

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