With discussions about the pros and cons of telecommuting taking place throughout organizations around the world, Kona, the social collaboration platform from Deltek – a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions, today released the results of a survey showcasing public sentiment on this issue and how workers are adopting technologies like Kona to work, communicate and collaborate better together.
According to the survey results – conducted in conjunction with SodaHead.com, the web’s largest opinion-based community:
70% of workers would rather telecommute than work in the office. For workers between the ages of 35 – 44, the numbers jumped to 81%, while only 66% of those between 18 – 24 wanted to work remotely. In addition, 70% of parents would rather work from home.
In offices that allow employees to work remotely, jealousy is present. The survey found that 57% of respondents said that working remotely spurs jealousy among remote colleagues. For workers over the age of 65, the numbers jump to 65%. 60% of parents and 75% of those that earn over $100K per year are jealous of co-workers that telecommute.
With major advances in social business tools and platforms, the survey reveals that many companies and workers are not taking advantage of technologies that can make working remotely more productive and collaborative. 64% of respondents feel that email is an effective way to communicate within a group, 20% still use “paper and pen” to keep track of group activities and 22% keep track of everything “in their head.”
“Innovation combined with the right leadership, processes and people allows businesses to be more adaptable to the needs of their teams, spurring a more productive environment — whether that’s a traditional, virtual or hybrid work setting,” said Scott DeFusco, Deltek’s Vice President of Product Strategy and Management for Kona. “Using a social collaboration platform like Kona enables team members to be more connected and engaged. The Social Enterprise unlocks the potential of people and businesses by being the virtual equivalent of an open office environment.”
To reinforce these trends and support the transformation to distributed workforces, the company recently launched Kona Business – the premium version of the popular cloud-based social collaboration and productivity platform. Kona Business offers one integrated solution for project/task management, private or enterprise social networks and personal productivity (see the industry comparison PDF). Internal and external members can collaborate with more control around communication in the context of the projects and groups they are associated with each day. This helps employees (and others like partners, contractors, vendors and customers) become more productive and teams more successful, individually and together.
Realizing the challenges that distributed groups across many locations may face when trying to accomplish activities with co-workers, Kona aggregates all of the components of people’s work lives into one manageable space. Workers using Kona are able to address the three most common issues typically associated with telecommuting:
Ongoing connection to and interaction with team members, regardless of their location or the project
Ability to aggregate relevant information, in context, with anyone that’s appropriate
Keeping the work flow moving forward, whether you’re in transit or just checking-in while away from the (remote or traditional) office via Kona’s mobile apps
Deltek is a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 16,000 organizations and 2 million users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more profitable projects.