Mobility, WiFi Could Boost Virtual Office Acceptance: Ricoh
More than half of Americans believe the concept of the traditional office will last at least another 50 years.Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans say they'd choose to work virtually if they could, according to a survey of 2,512 American adults conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of business information solutions specialist Ricoh Americas. Surprisingly, younger people seem to be the least enthusiastic about working virtually. In fact, 18-to-34-year-olds were the age group most likely to prefer working in an office (43 percent of them chose the office versus 31 percent of those age 35-54 and 36 percent of those ages 55 and above). Of the survey respondents who chose the office over working virtually, 66 percent said they would be more disciplined and productive there, 51 percent said they would want to socialize with colleagues and 39 percent said they would feel more secure about accessing, scanning, storing and printing information from an office. Despite technologies such as fast, reliable wireless Internet access and increasingly powerful mobile devices, more than half of Americans (53 percent) said they believe the concept of the traditional office will last at least another 50 years, owing to the superior discipline, connectedness and information security the traditional office provides. "Virtual office technology has not yet caught up to employees' fears that they may become irrelevant if they're not perceived as being fully engaged with the traditional office," Ricoh Americas vice president of strategic marketing Terrie Campbell said in a statement. "While mobility is a signature of the new workforce, workers know they need to seamlessly collaborate with colleagues and superiors to demonstrate their ongoing value, especially in the current economic climate. Although the world is making significant advances in videoconferencing and information management, there's no perfect substitute yet for meaningful face time. But innovation is moving at unprecedented speeds in this area, and progress will come."
However, two-thirds (67 percent) of employed adults said they feel dissatisfied about something in their current work situation, including the inability to get the information they need in a timely manner (18 percent), the organization being out of date with the latest technology trends (14 percent), too much paperwork (14 percent) and failure of co-workers to use technology tools to their full potential (12 percent).