We'd be more productive out of the office workers say

Only 8 per cent of UK businesses trust their employees to work out of the office - despite the fact that 42 per cent of staff reckon that they could do ‘a better job’ working remotely.

Online research by BT Business and Nortel shows that managers are reluctant to move their employees away from their outdated, desk-based working models, regardless of their employees - who claim that they could be more productive on the road, working alongside customers, or from home if they were given the technology to manage and support them. The research’s total sample size was 3473 workers in organisations with less than 500 employees, and employed for at least three months; the fieldwork was undertaken 02-08 December 2008.

Commenting on the research finding, John Wright, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, says that it “boils down to a matter of trust”. In the current climate small firms “need to be operating at full stretch”, he adds.

John Dovey, IT services director at BT Business adds: “BT's 70,000 flexible workers have saved us £500m in building costs, and 100,000 tonnes of CO2 - and have seen a 30 per cent rise in productivity,” claims John Dovey, BT Business’s IT services director. “These technologies can also help to attract and retain staff through flexible working.”

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