Additionally, 46% said new workplace tech negatively impacts productivity in the short term, especially those at large companies, the survey found. The office retailer defined new technology as “any hardware, software, programs, or tools that require time to learn.”
The average employee uses 10 different technologies as part of their regular job responsibilities, according to the study six digital and four physical. Most are required to learn new technologies on a quarterly basis, although large employers (1,000 or more employees) introduced new technologies less frequently, the study said.
One of the most interesting findings was that most employees are required to learn a new workplace technology quarterly, but three in 25 reported they are learning a new technology weekly, according to Stephen Mohan, executive vice president of Office Depot’s business solutions division.
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“It was also reassuring to see that 92% of respondents agree that technology improves productivity over the long term,” Mohan said.
Not surprisingly, since the pandemic began, 44% of respondents working remotely reported their employers have introduced telecommunication or conferencing technologies, followed by file or record management and Microsoft Office suite (27% each).