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The Unexpected Dark Side of Working from Home

Posted by Paige O'Neill

The "mobile revolution" has gotten a lot of great press. If you believe the hype, working from home is the best of all possible worlds—affording great career opportunities and fulfillment, without requiring you to change out of your bathrobe.

However, it might not all be milk and honey, according to a recently commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Prysm.

Forrester Consulting surveyed 800 information workers and 200 IT and facilities decision-makers from the US and UK and found while most worked outside of the office one or more days per week, a dearth of effective collaboration tools was impacting both morale and results: 

  • Two-fifths of information workers said team members felt disengaged or frustrated when participating in technology-enabled meetings, with 19% reporting that it impacted team morale. 
  • About a third said that their teams wasted time reviewing information that had already been shared and that it took longer than necessary to make decisions and take action.
  • A quarter reported having insufficient information to make informed decisions.

With findings like this, it's obvious that we need to take a deeper look at the tools and technologies we use to facilitate remote work.

The good news is that there is an evolving arsenal of high-tech solutions for global collaboration. Amongst them is the Prysm Application Suite, which unites stunning video walls with online whiteboarding, videoconferencing, and the web—creating next-generation digital workspaces that empower teams to work together, no matter where their members reside.

Every revolution requires adjustment. Fortunately, this one won't require you to wear pants.

*Source: Digital, Disparate and Disengaged: Bridging the Gap Between In-Office and Remote Workers,” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Prysm, June 2016


Topics: Digital Workplace, Remote Work, Future of Work