Dell, Intel declare 9 to 5 on its deathbed

Tinbox supremo Dell teamed up with Intel to look at something they call the Evolving Workforce. Now they’ve released the results of the study, which aims to figure out how the world is going to use IT productively in the future. Questions they didn’t ask include: how long do you play Angry Birds on the bog during office hours?

Some of its findings include the UK, as usual, playing catch-up to the rest of the world.

Intel and Dell have concluded that employees would rather be measured by their output instead of time spent clocking in at the office. We wonder how strict Dell’s Bracknell office is with getting in on time. Anyway, the survey says staff, particularly in the UK, have a tough time finishing their work within office hours, especially enterprise employees. Education sector workers have it the worst.

Of the countries surveyed, emerging markets like China and Brazil are leading the charge in letting their employees download and use their own software. The UK is behind here, too, with only 37 percent of employees surveyed allowed to download tools to work the way they want to. 

It seems bosses in Britain take the like it or lump it approach when it comes to technology – despite young workers in the UK insisting that using their own devices increase productivity and happiness. Small to medium sized businesses are more likely to let their employees choose their own devices compared with large enterprise.

The public sector allows for least choice in the workplace, but we guess there are security concerns.

Public sector workers are also more paranoid. Of the 8,360-odd workers surveyed, it was revealed those in the public sector are likely to worry about their bosses monitoring their email – 45 percent thought it was a regular occurence. Their paranoia is justified, the UK’s Big Brother-esque culture has rubbed off and you’re more likely to have your words watched here than anywhere else in the world.

The whole survey, carried out by TNS Research, is available for all to see here.