Employees are costing their companies billions of pounds a year by using their mobile phones at their desks.
Research conducted for telephony hardware company Mitel says 48% of all UK employees are using their mobiles at their desks.
Despite the fact that calls made from a mobile typically cost double those made on a landline, employers are being slow to clamp down on staff using mobile phones from within the office, says Mitel.
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The research says that if companies could persuade employees to avoid just one five-minute mobile call a day it could save UK industry around £2.5bn a year.
Continental Research conducted 200 telephone interviews with senior business managers at organisations with an annual turnover of over £1m.
The research found that 55% of users making mobile calls from their desks did so because their mobile contained all their contact numbers.
Another excuse, offered by 41% of mobile users, was that their device offered them greater privacy when in the office.
Graham Bevington, Mitel UK managing director, said, “Organisations should think about supplying employees with a single number that follows them regardless of location or device.
“Costs can be reduced by increasing the proportion of calls made to a landline rather than a mobile and it could be a major boost to productivity by increasing availability and avoiding voicemail ping pong.”
Mitel is one of a number of suppliers that sell such unified communications solutions. Companies including BT, Avaya and Nokia sell mobile phones that automatically connect calls over landlines when in range of a fixed network.
These phones only connect to a more expensive mobile network when not in range of the fixed network.
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