Research of 500 businesses and 4,500 employees commissioned by
The mobile business solutions supplier believes that the findings indicate a huge shift in the
In terms of flexible working technology, 46% of flexible workers have been provided with a laptop, 35% a mobile phone, 29% a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and 23% broadband, but only 11% have been given a smart phone. The findings also revealed a digital divide between male and female employees across the
Orange also believes that the research has uncovered a disconnect between the HR and IT departments, with 50% of workers who are allowed to work flexibly reporting that they are not provided with the necessary technology to do so effectively.
Explained Orange UK Vice President of Business Paul Tollet, “Flexible working doesn’t have to involve significant financial investment from business - just a clear policy to ensure it is offered fairly and a willingness to provide employees with the tools they need to get the job done. The cost of mobile solutions is decreasing, so there’s no reason for businesses to delay implementing flexible working practices and technology.”