Workers less productive due to slow and outdated technology

Workers and technology

Almost one in five UK workers (19%) claim their outdated office technology has led to security risks, according to new research.

We conducted a survey of 2,000 UK workers and retailers. Almost a quarter (23%) of workers say they have only ever had one work laptop/desktop computer, and their outdated technology is making them less productive (32%) and has presented security risks (19%).

Worryingly, almost a third (29%) of scientists admit that using outdated technology has led to security risks and to them being unable to connect to a client’s technology in a meeting (29%).

In addition, over half (54%) of designers are less productive due to outdated technology and 37% of electricians say they have had competition from other businesses using more modern technology.

The top five issues workers have experienced with outdated technology overall were:
1. Being less productive due to slow technology (32%)
2. Security risks (19%)
3. Lack of ability to work remotely (19%)
4. Carrying a heavy bag all the time due to an old, large laptop (13%)
5. Competition from businesses using more updated technology (12%)

Who pays?

Employees also admitted to having to put their hands in their own pockets when it comes to workplace technology. Over half (54%) claim they have bought something themselves to make their work computer more useable. Almost a quarter (23%) say they have bought their own mouse, 19% have bought a keyboard and 23% have bought a personal laptop bag.

However, it is not just outdated technology that can lead to security risks. Many computers are potentially at risk due to the impending end of life for Windows 7 in January 2020.

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When asked about the update over half of workers (57%) said their company hadn’t made them aware of the upcoming end of life for Windows 7. Almost one in five (18%) incorrectly think that their operating system will automatically upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 when a new license will actually need to be purchased.

Lee Weymouth, Commercial Director at Ebuyer said: “It’s clear from our study that a large proportion of office workers are using slow and outdated technology. This affects not only productivity but also presents a lack of ability to work remotely. And worst of all, on occasion, causes security risks. Although upgrading your office equipment may seem like a daunting and expensive task, the drop in productivity levels during working hours and potential security risks means it is definitely a worthwhile investment.

“With the impending end of life for Windows 7, employers will need to start preparing for this update and upgrade office technology where needed.”

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