More Than Half of North American Businesses Surveyed During COVID-19 Say Their Technology Systems Are Inadequate


20 Aug
20Aug


The April 2020 study by Beagle Research Group surveyed more than 500 employees at businesses of varying sizes and industries throughout North America. Participants gave their companies high marks in areas of goal setting, alignment, and inspiring performance — meaning that even with the disruption of office closures, workers feel supported by and aligned with their employer while working remotely.

Strong Employee Engagement and Alignment

  • 66 percent of those surveyed find high satisfaction in the work they do.
  • Only 4 percent report that their job is chaotic and difficult to do well.
  • 69 percent of employees surveyed agreed that their job provides them with meaningful work they take pride in.
  • 68 percent of front-office employees and 75 percent of back-office employees said they felt a sense of purpose in their work.

In the category of technology infrastructure, however, employees reported that their current company systems need a unified overhaul.

Inadequate Technology Systems

  • 51 percent of employees categorized these systems inadequate in keeping them aligned with company goals while working remote.
  • 52 percent of those surveyed found their computing systems not conducive to their work, with that number growing to 56 percent at the small and medium enterprise level (businesses under 500 employees).
  • 54 percent of enterprise-level employees (businesses with more than 500 employees) found the applications they work with not intuitive and difficult to integrate.
  • 40 percent of the largest enterprise employees surveyed (businesses with more than 4,000 employees) said their work can be chaotic, working with multiple technology platforms to do their job accordingly.
  • 37 percent of enterprise employees found their technology infrastructure not supportive to good communication throughout the organization as they work remote.
  • Only 10 percent of those surveyed said they could confidently get a complete view of the relationship between their company and customer without having to check several systems. This result is especially important for companies to recognize as the customer and client relationship is particularly fragile during the pandemic and context for communication is critical.
  • For both front office and back office employees, 50 percent found their company's technology inadequate to support their job role while remote.


To see the study results using Zoho Analytics' Dashboard click here 

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