Almost 70 per cent of conscientious British workers find themselvesunable to work productively on their sick days as a result of faulty technology, according to a poll by Bomgar, the secure remote support solution for the mobile enterprise.
With post-Christmas flu bugs and coughs and colds continuing to do the rounds in offices across thecountry, the study found that a staggering 92 per cent of conscientious Brits claimed that they still attempted to keep in touch with the office and stay on top of their work when unwell. However, 69 per cent were hindered in their efforts by either a faulty or incorrectly configured laptop or mobile device preventing them from working while off sick. The research also showed that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of all respondents had taken a sick day in the last three months, while two-thirds (67 per cent) regularly used a mobile device to stay in touch with work when taking a sick day.
“This survey flies in the face of those who like to suggest that British workers are not dedicated,” said Stuart Facey, EMEA General Manager at Bomgar. “In fact, it demonstrates that even when they are not well enough to be in the office, Britons are still committed to ensuring that they can get the job done. Thestart of any year can be a difficult time for business, with employees succumbing to coughs, colds and the post Christmas blues, which means that there’s never been a better time to ensure that employees are able to work remotely to the best of their ability.
“Being sick is bad enough, but trying to get some work done anyway and having to deal with equipment that isn’t working properly is terrible. It’s important that workplaces have the right level of technology to support their employees, allowing them to focus on getting better.”