A new report from Adobe has revealed how inefficient business practices are affecting businesses in the UK.
Based on a survey of 1,500 employees, the report notes that despite the shift towards Hybrid work And the Online CollaborationHowever, many large companies fail to adapt their operations to suit new ways of operating.
With the continued reliance on paper-based practices, Adobe says the slow development of the digital workplace is affecting three key areas: costs, productivityand sustainability.
By examining employee attitudes and beliefs at large British organizations, Adobe has found that they collectively lose more than 28 days each year in “low-value paperwork”. This includes time-consuming activities such as printingScan, staple and sign documents manually instead of using them software design.
Among those surveyed, employees in financial services lost the most due to time-consuming manual processes, missing a full 43 days each year. Henceforth, public sector workers proved to be the most productive, losing only 22 days annually.
Paper-based practices also provide a drain on office costs. The DC Acrobat A developer has revealed that printing alone costs companies an estimated £490 per employee.
However, some British companies are trying to rein in printer use, as part of a push towards greener business operations. Of the employees surveyed, 34% said access to a printer is restricted, 31% reported having restricted access to stationery, and 25% said their company’s stationery locker had been completely removed. 10% even said about companies that legalize the use of paper.
Worryingly, 27% felt that sustainability was not a top priority for their employer, while 31% weren’t clear on whether their company had a sustainability strategy in the first place.
But it’s not all bad news. The vast majority (83%) of employees said hybrid work helped improve sustainability practices. More than half (57%) also agreed that increasing sustainability goals helps attract new talent and 33% believe that these goals improve the overall workplace culture.
“The transition to hybrid work has welcomed many people with greater focus and the transition to sustainable ways of working, and is a positive shift for everyone and the environment,” said Louise Watkins, President of the Digital Media Foundation at Adobe.
“However, with our research we can see that there are some simple steps around digitizing workflows and processes that can help companies and their employees boost their efforts. Not only will this reduce the impact on the environment, but it can also enhance productivity and save costs – something Beneficial for everyone.