New data has uncovered that when it comes to remote working the UK is lagging behind the rest of the globe. Identifying the reasons for this, intelligent information management expert, M-Files states that a critical factor behind slow adoption is likely to stem from technology challenges, particular the ability to access documents remotely.
A survey run by M-Files across 250 IT decision-makers revealed that 90 per cent found it at least somewhat challenging to search for and access documents when working remotely.
Tim Waterton, Director of UK Business at M-Files said, "increasingly, more and more organisations are embracing mobile, remote and flexible working, capitalising on numerous benefits including higher staff productivity levels. But to achieve these benefits the right tools and technologies must be in place – critically, this starts with being able to easily and securely access information.
"Staff need to have the same easy access to documents when they're out of the office as they do when at their desks. Unfortunately, our research demonstrates that the majority of organisations just aren't providing employees with the means to do this, hence why uptake for remote working is so poor. Therefore, firms unable to provide the right infrastructure to support remote working risk losing employees to more savvy competitors who can deliver this in a straightforward manner.
"To remedy these problems both for office-based and remote workers, organisations need to think more deeply about the technologies employed to carry out these demands. Intelligent information management solutions, for example, can be leveraged to make the management of information much more efficient. Metadata-driven information management solutions allow organisations to simplify how staff access, secure, process and collaborate on documents.
"Intelligent information management solutions can enable employees to access and manage business information anywhere using any device, regardless of where that information is stored, in an easier and faster manner. Remote working becomes easier as employees can access information without needing to be connected to the VPN or company network, as well as accessing and changing documents while working offline.
"Work is becoming ever increasingly something you 'do' rather than somewhere you 'go'. By enabling employees to access the information they need to do their jobs from anywhere, using any device - in a secure, controlled fashion, companies can ensure greater employee productivity as travel time is no longer wasted."