Nearly a third of UK workers say they are less productive due to slow and outdated technology.

Slow tech.

In a survey of 2,000 UK workers, conducted by the UK’s largest independent tech retailer Ebuyer, almost one in five UK workers (19 per cent) claim their outdated office technology has led to security risks, according to new research. In addition to that, almost a quarter (23 per cent) of workers say they have only ever had one work laptop/desktop computer, and their outdated technology is making them less productive (32 per cent).

Worryingly, almost a third (29 per cent) of scientists admit using outdated technology has led to security risks and to them being unable to connect to a client’s technology in a meeting (29 per cent). In addition, over half (54 per cent) of designers are less productive due to outdated technology and 37 per cent of electricians say they have had competition from other businesses using more modern technology.

 

The top five issues workers have experienced with outdated technology overall were: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

 

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

However, it is not just outdated technology that can lead to security risks, with many computers potentially at risk due to the impending end of life for Windows 7 in January 2020.

When asked about the update over half of workers (57 per cent) said their company hadn’t made them aware of the upcoming end of life for Windows 7. Almost one in five (18 per cent) 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.

“It’s clear from our study that a large proportion of office workers are using slow and outdated technology, affecting not only productivity but also presenting a lack of ability to work remotely and worst of all, on occasion, causing security risks,” said Lee Weymouth, commercial director at Ebuyer. “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,” he concluded.

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