Firms fail to support out of office staff

Companies are failing to invest in systems to enable their staff to work effectively away from the office, research by Citrix has...

Companies are failing to invest in systems to enable their staff to work effectively away from the office, research by Citrix has claimed.

In a survey of 180 staff, most worked more than 20 hours a week outside the office, and 19% worked away from their desk for more than 20 hours a week.

But 62% said their company had no policy on working from home, and 85% said their employer made no attempt to monitor work done outside the office.

Eighty-six per cent of employees carried some form of mobile device, and 32% had a laptop, but only 7% had full remote access to office systems, and just 12% had use of a virtual private network.

"Companies need to put a remote working policy in place, including an IT strategy for supporting it," said Lewis Gee, Citrix vice-president for the UK. "Otherwise, they risk employees becoming increasingly frustrated with what they are able to do out of the office, as well as wasted time and resources."

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