Digital user experience agency Sigma has published a report into remote working that shows the impact of poor workplace meetings and internal communications could cost a fortune in lost productivity.
The report ‘Modern Workplace’ surveyed 500 SMEs and 500 employees from medium-large businesses in a range of sectors about their current working processes. Only four in 10 workers think online meetings are fully effective, with one in 10 saying they are not at all effective.
Asked how well teams communicate and whether improvements could be made, a third of respondents (33.6%) said internal communications needed to be overhauled completely, and 58.4% said improvements could be made.
The research found that a third of businesses (31%) did not have policies in place to support agile and remote working. Despite this two thirds of respondents (66%) said they would like to be able to work remotely.
Questioned about the ease with which it was possible to collaborate with colleagues working in agile settings, almost one in 10 said it was difficult (7.5%) or very difficult (0.6%). Some companies are getting it right, however, with 30.1% saying collaboration is very easy, 48% saying it is easy and 13.9% saying it is neither easy or difficult.
The full report can be found at: https://www.designedbysigma.com/modernworklife