Organisations in Australia and across the globe are adapting mobile workstyles into their businesses, according to Cloud, networking and virtualisation vendor, Citrix.
In its recently released study, The Citrix Global Workshifting Index, the company finds that by the end of 2013, 95 per cent of Australian organisations, and 93 per cent globally, will have implemented workshifting policies.
This rate is up from the 40 per cent (37 per cent globally), which currently offer workshifting for part, or all, of their workforce.
The research is based on the insights and experiences of 1100 senior IT decision-makers from organisations of over 500 employees, across 11 countries in Australia, North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
“Workshifting enables organisations to be more productive and agile, and provides people with added mobility and flexibility to move work to the most convenient and productive times, locations and devices,” Citrix vice-president of integrated marketing and strategy, Mick Hollison, said.
Survey respondents stated that organisations are implementing workshifting policies to reduce business and IT costs, provide greater workplace flexibility for people and improve support for an increasingly remote and mobile workforce.
According to the company, desktop virtualisation is a primary enabling technology for it.
The study showed that 94 per cent of organisations are planning to implement desktop virtualisation by the end of 2013.
Of those implementing desktop virtualisation, 55 per cent are implementing or will implement it to enable workshifting. 91 per cent have adopted or are adopting it to improve information security.
Other findings include:
- Cost savings were among the main drivers for workshifting with the reduction of HR-related costs (at 59 per cent), improved ability to recruit workers in lower-cost regions (40 per cent), reduction of real estate costs (33 per cent) and contribution to environmental sustainability (21 per cent).
- 53 per cent of IT decision makers indicated they have implemented workshifting policies to help attract and retain top talent. Over half of respondents also indicated that it enables organisations to tap into a broader labour pool by facilitating collaboration with and among outsourcing partners, contractors, business partners, temporary workers and consultants.
“Workshifting is a key part of a solid business and IT strategy and this trend is going mainstream. Organisations around the globe are moving from traditional work environments and realising real-estate, travel and labour cost savings by enabling mobile workstyles,” Hollison added.