Maidstone, UK, 28/06/2023
Employees are being denied opportunities to interact and collaborate with each other, with four-in-ten (40%) considering leaving their current job due to a lack of access to the right digital collaboration tools. This comes as businesses fail to meet staff’s demands, with a fifth (20%) of HR directors admitting they don’t know where to start in meeting their workforce’s flexibility needs. These are among the findings of new research by Managed Workplace Services (MWS) provider, Apogee Corporation.
The research, which surveyed over 200 HR directors and 200 employees across SMB organisations and the public sector, reveals a significant disconnect between HR departments and employees, with over a quarter (28%) of employees identifying insufficient tech as the biggest barrier to feeling more connected to their organisation and colleagues. Poor digital collaboration across hybrid work settings is having an extensive range of impacts on staff, from frustration (29%) and isolation (28%) to an inability to do their job properly (28%).
HR directors currently underestimate the impact the right technology has on long-term employee loyalty and retention, ranking it a distant fourth behind work-life balance (40%), career development opportunities (28%), and hybrid/remote working opportunities (27%). Conversely, over half (52%) of employees rank technology as the most important feature of their ‘ideal’ workplace.