• Paul Fingleton

Only a third of Irish Workers can work away from the office

2017 Workstyle Innovation Survey reveals statistics

The survey, carried out by Ricoh Ireland in association with TechPro magazine highlights that about half of Irish firms are not fully embracing the opportunities of Digital Transformation and that only 37% of the workers surveyed have the possibility to work remotely.

More than half of respondents (54%) cited technology issues as the main barrier to workstyle innovation. The other two most quoted obstacles were a rigid culture (49%) and the unwillingness of senior management to embrace it (43%).


“There is still a significant number of employees who have limited or restricted remote access to work materials and tools. There’s a digital revolution taking place throughout the world and Irish businesses need to be a part of this, or they will be left behind.

“With the importance of work/life balance nowadays and increasing numbers of people working at home or on the move, the appetite for mobility and accessibility among workers has never been greater. Thus, it is of utmost importance that organisations take full advantage of the latest technologies in order to enable their workers and allow them to effectively and securely work where and when they want.”

- Chas Moloney, Director, Ricoh Ireland and UK


Remote working helps firms to be able to attract and retain the best talent, increase productivity and even improve customer service. However, IT departments will need to be aware of where and how documents are being created and stored. The survey highlighted that 85% of organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to manage and secure business documents. Over two thirds (67%) of IT departments do not have visibility of all business documents and more than half (55%) are not aware of all personal devices being used to create work documents.

Such shortcomings in IT planning would raise serious concerns about the monitoring and management of business-related documents and the devices that people are using for work. With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25. May 2018, companies can face stiff penalties and fines for any breaches.

The survey indicated that almost 75% of Irish firms feel that they are compliant with GDPR already, some 28% feel that they will not be compliant in time for the May introduction of the regulation.

Moloney said: “Companies in Ireland do need to address and embrace digital change in order to remain competitive and agile, but they also need to ensure that critical information and business documents are processed, archived and stored correctly. If they fail to do this, they could be opening themselves up to serious financial and reputational risk.”