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February 19, 2015updated 19 Aug 2016 4:00pm

Dell & Intel: Emerging markets faster adopters of tech

Dell/Intel report finds developed countries lagging on attitudes to technology use at work.

By Alexander Sword

Workers in emerging markets may be faster adopters of tech-driven working methods than those in developed markets, according to research by Dell and Intel.

The Evolving Workplace Report, commissioned jointly by the two tech majors, found that workers in developed countries, and particularly the UK, tend to have more old-fashioned views about technology use for work.

For example, 16 percent of UK employees believe that people working from home using technology are more productive, in line with other developed countries; 65 percent also claimed they do their best work in the office.

These figures contrast with the 32 percent of employees in emerging markets who think working from home increases productivity.

UK workers also spend more of their working time in the office than global counterparts, with two thirds reporting that they spent at least 75 percent of their time there compared to about half of respondents globally.

In addition, while 44 percent of UK employees (41 percent for developed countries) said it was important to "have the latest and greatest technology at work", a full 82 percent of employees in emerging markets believed it was.

The survey also found the UK showing some of the lowest figures for use of multiple devices, with 46 percent of workers only using desktops compared to 33 percent globally. 71 percent of UK employees still prefer using desktops for work.

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However, 17 percent of UK employees claimed they would prefer to use a tablet at work, ahead of emerging countries at 16 percent and other developed countries at 14 percent.

The findings were presented at a breakfast roundtable on 17 February. The report surveyed 4,764 workers at different-sized companies worldwide from 12 countries and 9 industries.

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