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April 27, 2015

Is the UK remote working revolution actually a myth?

Organisations champion remote working, but employees are not making use of it.

By Ellie Burns

The results of a recent Phoenix survey has revealed that the hype surrounding remote working may actually be little more than a myth.

The IT managed service provider surveyed workers aged 18 and over, from a wide range of industry sectors, who use IT and electronic devices as part of their day-to-day work.

36% of those surveyed stated that they never worked from home, while half of respondents worked from home less than once a month.

This is despite the fact that 76% of companies have a remote working policy in place, according to a separate survey conducted by Phoenix with 100 CIOs and IT decision-makers (ITDM) across the UK and from a range of different industry sectors.

The CIO and ITDM survey also revealed the slow adoption of remote working, with 62% of participants responding that just 30% or less of its company’s employees work remotely more than once a week.

91% of CIOs and ITDMs said that 30% or less of those employees work from home full time.

Alistair Blaxill, Managing Director of Phoenix’s Partner Business, said: "Remote working is often seen as a key ingredient of the successful business of the future but currently the reality is very different. Many companies have put remote working policies in place but that does not always mean it leads to adoption.

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"Companies’ intentions of increasing remote working is sometimes not being fully realised because the legacy infrastructure and IT support base is not as developed as it needs to be to implement it.

"We believe it is vitally important for businesses to address this in the future as mobility is seen as one of the most significant driving forces for the IT sector and an increasing number of workers will expect to be fully connected to work all of the time."

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