Many employees do not have the technology to stay in touch and on top of their jobs and, consequently, many are failing to do their jobs properly.
The findings, from a survey conducted by telephone headsets manufacturer Plantronics, indicate that more than half of UK employees who are expected to be contactable throughout the working day, say their employers don’t give them the appropriate technology to stay in touch when they are on the move.
Max Nathan, from the Work Foundation’s iSociety project, said: "It’s critical workers can stay connected when they need to be. Mobility becomes a problem if we don’t have the tools to stay in touch. It’s then things slip through the net."
The findings include:
- 51 per cent of those surveyed say their employers don’t give them the appropriate technology to stay in touch when they are on the move
- One in 10 male employees admits to losing or damaging a business opportunity by missing a vital telephone call
- A third of workers stated they spend almost a quarter of the working day away from their desks on non-essential business
- 47 per cent of respondents say their productivity levels could rise by as much as 40 per cent if they had appropriate technology to work and stay in touch when out of the office or away from their desk