Telework taking off faster in Europe

* U.S. lags behind Europe in the adoption of flexible work environments

The U.S. lags behind Europe in the adoption of flexible work environments, such as telecommuting. Only 55% of U.S. firms polled by IT service provider Dimension Data offer flexible work environments, as compared to a high of 75% in France. In addition to Europe, Australia has high adoption rates.

Dimension Data polled workers and IT leaders about their current use of communication technologies and adoption plans. The survey is based on responses from 390 IT leaders and 524 workers.

Among the results, the motivation for offering a flexible work environment differs by region. Firms across Australia and Europe cited increasing employee productivity as the key driver, while U.S. managers cited employee retention as the biggest motivator towards implementing a flex-work environment.

Overall, more than half of respondents believe we’ll see fully flexible work environments routinely used within five years. For now, technologies such as click-to-dial from the desktop, presence and VoIP will be routinely used within two years.

If you support employees who telework, consider the following resources that can help you in that goal:

* Telework pros and cons slide show

* CISOs measure teleworker security risks

* How to optimize teleworkers: Consider the use policies to make telework a success for your organization

* Challenges in managing teleworkers

* Federal government teleworkers and associate security concerns

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