Technology is frustrating employees, says tech specialist

Unisys has issued a report on the UK workforce that won’t make pretty reading to people who haven’t kept their technology up to date – they might start losing good staff as a result.

Some of the headline findings include:

  • Over half (56 percent) of digital workers at “technology laggard” organisations expressed frustration with their employer, as compared to only nine percent of workers at “technology leader” organisations
  • The level of frustration directly correlates with the threat of attrition: workers at technology laggards (14 percent) were more likely to want to leave to go work elsewhere, as compared to their counterparts at technology leaders (two percent). This is particularly concerning considering that leader organisations represented less than one-third of all workers surveyed in the U.K. (26 percent), notably less than the global average (32 percent) and the eleventh lowest total of the 12 countries surveyed.
  • Devices serve as the biggest pain point for workers at “technology laggard” organisations, with 35 percent of these workers complaining that they are held back from being more productive by outdated devices, or 94 percent more likely as those who work for “technology leader” organisations (18 percent).
  • The “Bring Your Own Device” to work movement, which relates primarily to smartphones, brings with it potential security risks. Nearly two out of five digital workers (39 percent) who do so said they download apps and websites not supported by their organisation’s IT group because they are “better than what my company provided” or “their company did not provide an alternative.”

“The data show a clear new paradigm in today’s U.K. digital workplace: more than one-third of those who work for technology laggards feel like outdated devices are limiting their productivity, with more than half frustrated and many with one eye on the door as a result,” said Mickey Davis, global vice president of Managed Workplace Services, Unisys. “Equipping devices with the right applications and productivity tools is critically important to access and engagement.”

The Correlation between Technology, Productivity and the Bottom Line

The global study surveyed more than 12,000 workers in April 2018 across 12 countries, gauging the attitudes of today’s digital workers on how the technology used in the workplace impacts their day-to-day lives. The survey categorised leader and laggard organisations based on respondents qualifying their employer as either ahead of or behind on technology when compared to the competition.

“Almost half of the people working for technology laggards feel held back from being more productive by outdated devices. With a substantial number of businesses are behind the technological curve, it puts them and the economy at risk from a talent retention standpoint and brings down their overall efficiency and productivity. This not only costs resources but also has a negative impact on their relationship with the employer, with many considering new jobs because of their frustration.”

Download the full reports of U.K. and global results or details on the research methodology here.

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