Executives taking part in a new study admit that remote working opportunities increase productivity, inclusivity, and diversity among a company's workforce. Still, roughly 20% say that their company has no remote working policy. And among those, roughly half say that security is a major reason for their lack of a policy.
Lack of a policy doesn't mean that remote work isn't happening: 14% of survey respondents without a remote working policy say that at least some employees are working away from the office anyway.
According to a report on the study — conducted by technology research firm Vanson Bourne, on behalf of RealVNC — more than half of those who have no remote working policy say that there is either a policy in place restricting remote work or that their company lacks the technology to make remote work secure.
These impediments are in spite of 65% of US respondents saying that implementing remote work would increase the number of staff they attract with disabilities, while a further 63% believe it would help employ more 18- to 35-year-olds, and 53% believe it would boost employment of women.