Blogs, wikis, podcasts, instant messaging and social networks being considered
Resistance to adopt virtual workforce tools and methods, budget constraints and prevailing cost-cutting strategies are the major reasons companies are not providing employees with new workplace technologies, according to a new online poll conducted by Deloitte.
In a survey conducted with 750 technology executives across multiple industries, 40% of them cited organisational resistance as the primary roadblock to new workplace technologies. In addition, nearly 28% of the respondents, ranging from upper management to managerial level, pointed to budget and cost constraints as the main deterrents.
According to the poll, 44.7% of respondents said that their companies have begun workplace of tomorrow initiatives, including alternative work policies, workforce mobility, virtual technologies, telecommuting, and increased collaborative spaces. Nearly 30% of respondents said that their companies are not using Web 2.0 tools, increasing shared workplace areas or developing real estate strategies to improve workplace utilisation.
Blogs, wikis, podcasts, instant messaging, social networks and other Web 2.0 tools are the mobile technologies most companies are considering, according to roughly 29% of respondents.
Hope Hughes, director of Deloitte Consulting and a webcast presenter, said: The polling results indicate that corporate leaders should devote as much interest and investment into where and how the work is performed as they do into the nature of the work itself. The recent realities of a changing workforce and evolving worker demands are driving-up the need for new workplace technologies.
However, our polling indicated that some companies are still slow in adopting ‘workplace of tomorrow’ type strategies that could help improve agility and effectiveness, as well as respond to workforce changes in a cost-effective manner.