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Almost a fifth of businesses believe staff are more productive since introducing remote working

A majority (65%) of businesses that have adopted remote working aren’t seeing a drop off in productivity since the rise of the COVID-19 crisis, according to Technology Connected. Almost a fifth (18%), in comparison, felt their staff had been more productive. Almost three quarters (71%), however, are concerned about the long-term effect working in isolation could have on their employees.

Businesses also feel that their staff’s morale had improved since the adoption of remote working. 63% believe their staff are happier and 69% of businesses would therefore rate remote working as a success for their company.

This could lead to a greater adoption of remote working, with 40% saying they will consider these policies in the future. When the pandemic began, however, only 42% felt their business was fully prepared for remote working, but thanks to technology 94% have been able to adapt. When asked about the technology they’ve adopted in response to the crisis and move to remote working, 78% have started using Zoom, 72% are using shared documents and cloud services, 68% have invested in file transfer software, 61% are utilising messaging apps, and 38% are using project management software.

To counter concerns around mental health, 10% are actively introducing mental health measure for staff whilst over half (52%) say this is something they are looking to implement.

Avril Lewis MBE, managing director of Technology Connected, said, “The impact of Covid-19 is beginning to be felt by business across the UK, and there will inevitably be more challenges for all companies over the next few months.

“While we are only at the beginning of the journey, it’s great to see businesses adopting a flexible, supportive and positive attitude to make the best of the situation. Employers will need to ensure they maintain the well-being of their employees with increased flexibility as many will be juggling child care, home- schooling and other family members working from home.

“Fundamental to this shift has been the innovative technology businesses who enable other sectors across markets through digital services and infrastructure. Within the technology industry we’ve experienced a tremendous amount of positivity and collaboration, with the community really starting to come together to support businesses and people impacted by covid-19.

“Naturally, not all businesses will be able to accommodate remote working, which means ensuring they have access to the right support will be absolutely fundamental in keeping Britain moving.”

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