Wednesday 22 May 2019

Just over one third of Irish workers have the digital tools to work outside of office

Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK
Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Irish firms could be missing out on the benefits of allowing employees work remotely due to an unwillingness to embrace digital transformation.

A recent Ricoh Ireland survey revealed that just 37pc of workers have the authorisation and access tools to do their job outside of the office.

Many companies, as a result, could be found wanting in terms of attracting and retaining the best talent, increased productivity and improved customer service.

Carried out in association with TechPro magazine last month, the research involved 175 IT decision-makers from private and public sector organisations across Ireland.

Over half of respondents (54pc) stated that technology issues were the main barrier to workstyle innovation, while a rigid culture (49pc) and the unwillingness of senior management to embrace digital transformation (43pc) cited as two other leading factors.

"There is still a significant number of employees who have limited or restricted remote access to work materials and tools," Chas Moloney, Director, Ricoh Ireland and UK, said.

"There’s a digital revolution taking place throughout the world and Irish businesses need to be a part of this, or they will be left behind."

With the implementation of GDPR regulation deadline fast approaching, a worrying 85pc of companies are finding it increasingly difficult to manage and secure business documents.

Over two thirds (67pc) of IT departments do not have visibility of all business documents and over half (55%) are not aware of all personal devices being used to create work documents.

"Companies in Ireland do need to address and embrace digital change in order to remain competitive and agile, but they also need to ensure that critical information and business documents are processed, archived and stored correctly. If they fail to do this, they could be opening themselves up to serious financial and reputational risk," said Mr Moloney.

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