A third of UK businesses lack the technology infrastructure to facilitate remote working implemented during the coronavirus crisis in the long-term.
So finds a poll of 200 senior business decision-makers from large and medium sized companies commissioned by private equity provider, Leonne International, and conducted by Censuswide.
Because of the emergency measures put into place to combat the spread of Covid-19, many businesses are having to consider how their employees can work remotely for the first time.
With offices across the UK closing – and with little clarity around timescales – millions of workers are now working from home for the foreseeable future.
According to the poll, 33% of businesses lack the tech infrastructure needed to maintain remote working in the long-term.
Consequently, 41% said they plan to increase their IT and tech investment in the coming weeks to cope with the new remote working structure during isolation. This could be because 26% say they lack the digital skills in-house in order to manage widespread and long-term remote working for staff.
Almost half, (47%) agree that there should be more collaboration between the global business community to fortunate a plan of action in order to tackle the disruption caused by the coronavirus.
There is a concern around entering offices and public workspaces with 35% of business leaders who agree they feel afraid to enter their place of work due to fear of infection. Because of this, 37% say they will be working from home for the foreseeable future, which reaffirms this concern.
Nearly one third (28%) said they now were actively planning to make redundancies to survive the crisis, with 72% against. Also, over half of large and medium sized businesses (55%) expect a substantial revenue drop this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“These are tough times for businesses, with the Coronavirus wreaking havoc and forcing thousands of companies to enforce mandatory remote working policies,” said Michael Haston, CEO of Leonne International.
“It’s critical that companies are given the necessary financial support to respond to this threat, enabling businesses to invest in technology to ensure every worker can perform to the best of their ability, remotely.”