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Working practices lag technology adoption

01 April 2008

View from the Top: Gareth Williams of Interoute. Businesses have been quick to adopt new technologies to promote the efficiency of executives over the last decade, but there's still further benefits to be gained

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Much is made in the media of the UK being a place of long working hours and stress. Best-practice working and time efficiency is high on the agenda of all organisations, yet the UK bosses are still working longer than their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, according to a survey by Interoute of 1,050 C-level executives across seven European countries.
Communication technologies across the world have brought tremendous efficiencies to business. With a firm eye on cost control, companies have been quick to embrace new technologies, reaping the financial and personal productivity benefits that they bring.
The rate of adoption of technology over the last decade has been prolific. Our survey into communications technology usage in Europe found that Instant Messenger is used by 56% of respondents, the mobile phone is close to saturation, telephone and voice...