Small Businesses Adopting On-Demand Tools for Work
More than a third of knowledge workers in a Unify survey said they believe their roles will not exist after the next five years have passed.Close to two-thirds (60 percent) of knowledge workers in small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the U.S., UK and Germany now use on-demand tools—technology that is Internet or cloud-based—in their professional roles, according to a Unify survey of 5,000 British, American and German SMB knowledge workers. This figure is higher than in companies with 500 or more employees (53 percent), indicating the agile, forward-looking nature of SMBs. Knowledge workers at SMBs expect to see large changes in their jobs over the next five years. More than a third (38 percent) believe their roles will not exist after this timeframe, with almost two-thirds (64 percent) thinking they will not look the same. "It's no surprise that SMBs are nimbler and more agile than larger companies, which is why they've adopted on-demand tools and cloud-based technology so quickly," Bob Clinton, chief marketing officer at Unify, told eWEEK. "However, it was surprising that, in spite of many of these SMBs employing BYOD strategies and their workers believing that the business operates more through technology than offices, the workforce is extremely hesitant to be 100 percent remote. If they truly believe that technology is the driver, then location is irrelevant."
Clinton said it indicates a huge opportunity for providers to really focus on end-user adoption and technology solutions that make a workforce feel connected on every level so employees feel more comfortable in remote environments.