More than half (53%) of IT executives surveyed said less
than half their firm’s employees are currently set up to work remotely, and 21%
said they have no employees enabled to work remotely, according to a press
release. Asked why more employees did not have access to the technology that
would enable them to work outside the office, 38% said business requirements do
not necessitate it.
Only 22% of respondents reported that their current
remote-access solutions have positioned their companies for disaster
preparedness and business continuity. The press release said just 15% of the
respondents listed ‘pandemic or other disaster preparedness’ as a top business
driver for providing remote access to employees, and only 5% listed it as the
primary business driver.
However, the survey results indicate organizations do understand the benefits of telework, as 71% of respondents said employee productivity is a key business driver for providing remote access, and 55% reported that enabling efficient and competitive business operations is a key driver for offering remote access.
Of those who had adopted mobility and remote-access
technology, 62% said it had resulted in increased employee productivity, with 57%
noting an increase in employee satisfaction and 42% reporting a reduction in
Results varied somewhat by industry, with businesses in
the health care and finance industries being better prepared, in general, for a
pandemic or other disaster situation than those in the retail, education, and
government sectors, Cisco said.