A survey from business communications software, systems and services provider Avaya has revealed that absence could be costing
The survey found that a fifth of UK businesses with 20-80 employees estimate they lose £25,000 or more a year through employee absenteeism; approximately one-third put the figure somewhere between £10-25,000.
Yet despite this and a recognition that the issue that concerns SMBs most is ensuring productivity of offsite workers, more than 80% of the survey indicated that they would like to allow employees to work from home one day a week.
Almost three-quarters of respondents admitted they were predominantly concerned with ensuring that out-of-office workers were as productive as in-office workers and just 5% revealed that technology costs was the reason they had not initiated flexible working.
Commented Nick Roullier, country manager,
“It is a popular misconception that Unified Communications is for big business only. In reality, if you look at a typical busy SMB where employees are performing multiple job functions, UC can deliver concrete business advantages that are even more meaningful to a small business – improved productivity and increased ability to compete with bigger brands.”