Small businesses risk losing their best talent due to technology frustrations
Over a quarter of European small business workers would switch jobs to somewhere better equipped for remote working
As small business owners continue to recover from the effects of the global pandemic, workers expect their employer to offer a modern blended approach to how and where they work. New research commissioned by Ricoh Europe, based on a survey of 1,300 European office workers, shows that 27% of small business employees are considering switching jobs. The study also reveals that:
- 69% say they have the skills to work remotely
- However, 29% find it difficult to stay motivated and engaged while remote working because of communication and technology issues
- 22% also feel less productive due to communication and technology restraints
- 48% have had to rely on their own technology to work remotely during the pandemic because their company didn’t provide equipment
Small business employees certainly expect more from their employers. Two-thirds (66%) envisage retaining the flexibility gained during lockdowns and 55% trust their company to invest in technology that will meet the workplace requirements of the future. This includes making the office safer, with 40% stating they wouldn’t be comfortable returning unless there are additional safety measures such as temperature scanners and touchless equipment.
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