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Companies Losing Productivity by Not Allowing Flexible Working

September 2006 – Working remotely improves employee productivity, according to a survey of over 300 London business people, commissioned by Sirenic.

70% of respondents claim they would be more effective if they could work flexibly but only 49% admitted that their companies offered this option, showing that businesses are failing to get the best out of their staff.

The most common reasons for needing to work away from the office were business trips and attending meetings (46%). However, the unbearably hot office conditions this summer attributed to 15% working from home and 6% required flexible working to accommodate changes in childcare arrangements over the holidays. Interestingly, 8% of respondents said that they would take the opportunity to get away from annoying colleagues.

Email access is considered the most important factor for successful remote working according to 66% of respondents.

Bertrand Lipworth, Chairman, Sirenic, says:

“Some employers are still wary of offering flexible working, as they believe that employees will take advantage. But remote working is about trusting people to use their time more efficiently - catching up with emails while on the train, between meetings, commuting (by car even with voice access), working from home while waiting for deliveries or checking emails whilst on a business trip.”

Despite popular belief, employees are unlikely to exploit flexible working according to the survey. 81% of employees whose companies offered the option had worked remotely less than three days last month, with more than half not working away from the office at all.

Bertrand Lipworth continues:

“This statistic could be attributed to poor remote working facilities. If companies are offering mobile working, they should ensure that they provide the necessary technology that enables them to check and to respond to their most important emails, and manage contacts and tasks securely.”

Specialist IT development and training company Erlang Training & Consulting has recently implemented mobile email solution MobilePA to improve its business performance and productivity.

Managing Director Marcus Taylor says:

“New clients often need to get hold of our engineers quickly for assistance and they expect a speedy response. We needed a mobile email system to ensure that consultants keep up-to-date with client requests and on top of emails, so that when they arrive at a training session, they have all the relevant information they need.”

The company selected Sirenic’s MobilePA, because it provides access to email, relevant news feeds and company business applications through PDAs, laptops and any mobile phone or land line, cost effectively.

Emails are organised according to their relevance so that consultants are able to select and read only the most relevant emails while on the road. Additionally, MobilePA’s voice technology allows them to select and listen to emails and respond verbally. This means that consultants can respond to clients quickly and efficiently, wherever they are based.

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For further information please contact:

Heather Baker / Kathryn Hughes
hbl media
Email: Heather@hblmedia.com / Kathryn@hblmedia.com

Mobile PA

MobilePA by Sirenic, is a mobile email solution and PIM (personal information manager, e.g. tasks, calendar and contacts) that provides a mobile interface for knowledge and content management. It is available to virtually any device with internet access i.e. mobile phone, smartphone, PC, laptop, landline or PDA depending on how the user chooses to access information and their location, thereby avoiding the need to spend money on replacing existing devices.

MobilePA is designed to ensure that users have access to the information that is important to them, when they want it, through the most appropriate device and medium. The application overcomes traditional technological barriers and is extensible, adapting to different user requirements and changing business needs. Provided as a hosted, managed service it is aimed at consumers, SMEs, large corporations and local and central government entities. It supports both "push" (actively transferring new emails to the user) and "pull" (the user decides which emails they want to receive on their mobile devices, avoiding spam) data delivery, depending on the device and user preference, with the unique ability seamlessly to combine access to data on the device with massive data volumes held on servers. In terms of email to mobile, MobilePA not only offers email that is fully indexed, prioritised and archived (capacity to store up to 10,000 emails), but additional functions such as the ability to listen to emails, reply verbally, and activate and operate accounts by voice, enabling the user to access and respond to emails whilst driving for example (obviously with both hands firmly on the wheel).

Using a unique "relevance engine", MobilePA learns about the people, companies and issues that matter to the user by analysing past behaviour and current activity e.g. automatically prioritising e-mail relating to a meeting in the diary. It creates links between related items e.g. from a calendar entry to the details of the contacts the user is meeting, email containing the agenda and the latest news concerning the company.

For more information visit: www.mobilepa.com