A recent survey, commissioned by Barco and conducted by Censuswide, has shown evidence that businesses getting behind mobile workforces may not be doing enough to advance productivity. The reason for this is conflicting strategies, which may be a barrier to colleagues’ collaboration.

86 percent of respondents reported some kind of remote working setup which was being used within their organisation. 73 percent said that they still have allocated desks.

IT decision makers across a range of organisations were asked whether “A mobile workforce and multi-device environment requires new approaches to effective collaboration.”

Remote working was among the three top considerations for IT departments, behind data security and network management.

Half of respondents said that personal laptops are being used in the workplace, with 45 percent saying the same of personal tablets, which the researchers interpret as evidence of the continuing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon.

A Barco spokesperson said: “What is clear from the results is that most companies are on the right track and realise the multiple benefits of having unified communications and a more collaborative workforce, yet there is still much more work to be done for businesses to be able to tap into its full potential.

“It’s time for companies to put more unification into their unifications strategy. There is an appetite for it, and in the future organisations need to tie all aspects of unified communications together. In our experience, selecting the right technology can be key to improving collaboration amongst colleagues – and by harnessing the many advantages of mobile workers and BYOD there can be greater productivity, better staff morale and a far more effective workforce.”

BYOD – a genuine issue or just IT sales guff? Let us know in the comments.