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Rigid working practices a drain on productivity

Konica Minolta’s new report, The Digital Workplace Initiative, identifies inefficient technology as a productivity drain, along with rigid working practices.

Based on a survey of 100 senior IT decision-makers and 1,000 office workers across the UK, the report reveals how small distractions, computer problems and the difficulty of accessing data when working away from one’s desk all contribute to lost productivity.

Konica Minolta points out that these problems can be overcome by investing in Digital Workplace Initiatives (DWI) to change how technology, people and the workplace interact.

Nearly three quarters of respondents said that the strongest driver for implementing a DWI was to increase employee productivity, both inside (71%) and outside (71%) the office, followed by cost reductions (60%).

Konica Minolta claims that by the end of 2016, 89% of businesses had invested in a DWI of some description, with the average amount invested rising from £958,824 at the start of the year to £3,229,167 at its end.

The top three reasons to initiate a DWI project are to enable effective mobile working (62%); to enable effective remote working (56%) and to improve collaboration (49%). Nearly half (47%) of IT decision-makers expect to see a return on investment (ROI) within three years.

The Digital Workplace Initiative report can be downloaded from

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