BT Launches ‘Work Anywhere’ – Reducing Absenteeism?

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ –BT today announced a holistic suite of mobility solutions and professional services designed to help transform enterprises into flexible, mobile business environments in which employees are fully equipped with the tools needed to work securely and effectively from anywhere, at any time, regardless of the device and network being used.

As enterprises globalize, it is becoming imperative that they become more agile in managing people, IT assets and complex communications across time zones and geographies. And with millions of productive working hours and associated costs lost each year due to employee commuting, traveling, inadequate technology and business processes, it’s becoming critical for organizations to empower their workforces to be productive and contactable wherever they are working.

According to a Yankee Group survey published last November, “enterprise workforces are becoming increasingly location independent.” The Yankee Group indicates that “on average 36% of employees spend a day or more away from their primary workspace.” (1) By 2011, 46.6 million corporate employees will spend at least one day a week teleworking globally, and an additional 112 million will work from home at least one day a month. The majority of these will be from the United States. (2) The US Federal Government is also increasingly encouraging flexible working practices through legislation such as the Working Family Flexibility Act. (3)

BT’s mobility capabilities have enabled approximately 70,000 of its own employees (70% of its global workforce) to work flexibly from anywhere. Through flexible working, BT has enabled over 90% of its female workforce to return to work after maternity leave, compared with the average of 47% for most companies.

To meet the requirements of its customers, BT offers “Work Anywhere” – a consultancy-based approach combined with an integrated global enterprise mobility portfolio addressing property, people and process needs.

“For enterprises to remain agile and sustainable, it is essential that their employees are able to be productive from any location,” said Michael Boustridge, President, BT Americas. “Flexible working not only positively impacts employee productivity but improves cost management through facilities consolidation. It’s a highly valuable asset in attracting and retaining skilled employees, and results in higher employee job satisfaction and lower absenteeism. We’ve found that flexible working benefits both employer and employee.” (4)

BT’s Global Enterprise Mobility Portfolio includes:

The BT Working Anywhere proposition is now available in North America and will be available in the UK and Europe later this year. For more information, go to:

(1) Yankee Group – “Save the Planet, Enable the Remote Working Revolution,” November 16, 2007

(2) Dataquest Insight: Teleworking, The Quiet Revolution (May 14, 2007 Update)

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(4) According to BT’s research, the benefits of flexible working include:

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, BT Group’s revenue was 20,704 million pounds with profit before taxation and specific items of 2,506 million pounds.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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