Thousands and thousands of employees suppose their firm has received caught prior to now in terms of know-how
More than one in five believes that companies using Microsoft tools such as Word or Excel – from 2003 onwards – are stuck in the past.
But it’s not just technology that is leaving some companies behind. Because despite enormous progress in awareness of mental health in the workplace, 49 percent see their own company behind the times when it comes to well-being.
One in ten feels that their employer still disapproves of employees making personal phone calls, and a little less than one in five still do not have flexible working hours.
A spokesman for communications solutions specialist Enreach, who commissioned the report, said, “Our research shows how many companies need a tech upgrade – and it appears to be stuck in the 1980s.
“It can be really frustrating to work with old-fashioned technology. There’s nothing worse than slow or outdated technology preventing you from doing your job right.
“On the other hand, there is a risk of being too high-tech and confusing employees with problematic systems.
“The study also found that companies still have a lot of work to do in modernizing their attitudes towards mental health and general well-being.”
The study also found that eight in ten respondents believe that outdated technology – and business practices – can seriously hamper business growth.
And more than half (56 percent) feel that their work has been made much more difficult than necessary, simply through the use of marginally outdated technology.
As a result, nearly half an hour of every working day is “wasted” getting your old office equipment up and running.
When it comes to flexible work practices, 31 percent of adults would enjoy a shorter work week the most.
Another 23 percent believe that employees should have a “wellness day” when they need to recharge their batteries.
And a fifth would like to be able to “buy” more vacation time from their employer in order to take an urgently needed break.
Employees believe that the people at the top of a company – CEO or director – should be the ones who are driving change in technology and work practices.
But two-thirds of those surveyed about OnePoll have never told their management about their work environment being stuck in the past.
The Enreach spokesman added: “Employees are increasingly demanding an improvement in the“ quality of life ”of employees.
“As much as it can be an obstacle to use an old printer, it is just as difficult when health policies are out of date and do not reflect modern attitudes.
“Happier employees tend to result in better product quality, so it is in employers’ interest to make sure they are up to date in all areas of their business.”
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TOP 40 OLD LABOR PRACTICES:
- Slow internet
- 9 to 5 start and end time
- No flexible working hours
- Fax machines
- Do not allow working from home
- Paper pay slips
- 25 days of vacation or less per year
- Fixed lunch break
- Dress codes like wearing suits and ties
- Filing cabinets
- Microsoft 2003
- Landline telephones
- Boxy computer monitors
- Pressure to take time off for appointments
- Micromanagement and desktop computers instead of laptops
- Sending letters
- One temperature setting for the whole office
- Disposable products such as plastic cups
- Bad maternity regulations, such as low pay or little free time
- Working over the Christmas break
- Set days in the office
- Submit expenses by hand
- Bad paternity regulations, such as low pay or little free time
- Paper input / output trays
- Overhead projectors
- Annual employee appraisals
- Attitudes towards recycling
- Booking of meeting rooms via a physical calendar
- Plug-in Ethernet cable instead of WLAN
- Flip charts
- Paper – for example, to take notes in a meeting
- Not having your personal cell phone at your desk
- Attitudes towards women experiencing pain during the menstrual cycle
- Cannot answer personal calls
- Share files on a memory stick / external hard drive
- Hire full-time workers only
- Vacation request by email / in person
- No personal activity during working hours
- Whiteboards in meeting rooms