October 20, 2010 by Post Team 

Voicetap, The modern era of connected mobile clients and remote access has changed the way the world works. A new global survey sponsored by Cisco to 2,600 workers, divided between IT managers and users of the company, reveals that 60 percent of respondents do not feel they have to be in the office to be productive.

The transition to a connected mobile workforce has also had an impact on employee attitudes about the job itself, according to the study. Two thirds of employees expect to use any device to access their corporate networks. The changing world of work is not just about attitudes, but also about technology enables new ways of working.

“If you asked people ten years ago if he wanted to work more mobile and flexible, as many have said yes,” said Marie Hattar, vice president of marketing for Cisco edges of the networks division, “I think it’s safe to say that now with the level of technology we have, the whole concept of a traditional office environment is no longer critical. Today we have the technology and borderless mobile network, so it is realistic to can work from anywhere. ”

However, having the added flexibility of not having to be in an office does not mean that employees are working fewer hours. According to the survey, 45 percent of respondents were able to access their networks remotely are working two or three hours a day.

From a compensation point of view, the ability to work remotely is not seen as a benefit, but rather as a necessity for many workers around the world.

“One of the most interesting findings throughout the study is that the salary is not the primary factor in job choice,” Hattar said. flexibility at work is so important.

According to the results of the study, 66 percent of respondents would accept a lower paying job with more flexibility than a better-paying job with limited flexibility.

From the perspective of an IT organization, the Cisco study found that there are some critical issues remain unresolved. Security remains a problem with 26 percent of respondents said IT staff within their organizations had lost the devices in the last twelve months. 45 percent of IT respondents also indicated that their organizations do not have an adequate policy to deal with the emerging mobile workforce.

Hattar said that in general the study noted that more education needs to happen and work habits are increasingly mobile. Cisco has sponsored the same type of study of remote workers in the past as well, which have also proved to be a security vacuum that needs to be addressed.

“Technology is a good part of the battle, but does not address the whole battle,” Hattar said. “It is still the need for better education.”

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