LONDON—On Wednesday we looked at a Polycom survey that reveals 66 percent of participants pointing to flexible working having a larger financial impact on business than cutting operational costs. We also explored the role of virtual offices in enabling flexible work.
Today we’ll look at another key finding in the survey: virtual office technologies like video conferencing play an important role in supporting flexible working strategies.
According to the Polycom survey, nearly 60 percent of responding companies are keeping on-site, remote, and mobile workers connected and collaborating face-to-face via high-definition interactive video.
What’s more, 72 percent of respondents say that video collaboration is helping their companies become more productive and efficient. Video collaboration solutions for employees working at home or on the go, such as video software for mobile devices and laptops, is helping to further drive the usage of video with remote and flexible working employees. All of this falls under the domain of virtual office technologies.
For all the benefits virtual office technologies offer employers, employees are also benefiting from flexible working. Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that they experience greater job satisfaction as a result of flexible work strategies. And almost all respondents (97 percent) report that satisfied employees are harder-working and more productive.
Remote working is widespread across Europe, with 77 percent of companies surveyed offering their employees some flexibility in their working hours, and 68 percent regularly letting them work away from the office. All this points to the continued value of virtual offices.