Most Brits believe their boss is stuck in the past when it comes to tech, a poll shows

ALMOST a third of workers believe their company is stuck in the past when it comes to technology – some are using outdated operating systems and have limited social presence.

A survey of 2,000 adult workers found that many businesses have been slow to embrace new technology and still rely on manual filing systems, business cards and landline phones.

Brits think their bosses are stuck in the past


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While some companies even get along without WiFi.

A print-everything culture is commonplace at 15 percent of organizations, as is the use of Post-Its for reminders (17 percent) and the use of bulky CRT monitors instead of flat-panel displays (four percent).

However, 71 percent of those who feel their employer is stuck in the past said it wasn’t a minor inconvenience, admitting that it got them thinking about their future at the company.

Although 32 percent tend to have difficulty navigating new technologies as they are introduced.

Media O2’s Gregg Pearce, who commissioned the survey to coincide with the rollout of gigabit-speed, hyper-fast fiber broadband for small businesses, said: “Whether it’s aging laptops or slow dial-up, our research shows how too many British companies are being held back by outdated tech.

“Being ahead of the curve with technology doesn’t just affect the way companies serve their customers – old-fashioned work practices also impact employee morale, causing people to think twice about their future at a company .

“It’s time for UK businesses to catch up.”

The study also found that 10 percent of workers still submit their vacation requests on paper, while 13 percent claim their work computer is creakingly slow.

Other archaic business practices include old-school computer mice with balls (11 percent), while four percent even said they still have dial-up Internet.

But 23 percent said their workplace has tried to embrace modern technology – only to return to old ways.

Of those, 45 percent decided their business was still too small to justify the investment, and 28 percent felt they weren’t mission-critical, according to OnePoll numbers.

However, 71 percent believe their job would be held back if they had a slow and unreliable internet connection.

And 82 percent said fast, reliable internet is the most important tool for their businesses.

Gregg Pearce added: “A fast, reliable and flexible internet connection has become a must for small businesses, especially over the past two years.

“Whether it’s a side hustle on social media, video calls from the office, sole traders selling online, or guest WiFi on the high street, broadband opens doors to better business.


1. Has a hole punch

2. Instant coffee instead of a coffee machine

3. Uses post-it reminders

4. Prints everything out

5. Maintains physical records for all records

6. Has a manual filing system

7. Old and slow laptops/desktops

8. Still uses business cards

9. Uses a holiday wall map

10. Staple receipts together

11. Use a mouse with a ball in it

12. Vacation requests must be submitted in paper form

13. Doesn’t use social media effectively

14. Still uses postage stamps instead of a postage meter

15. Landline phones only

16. No Dedicated Video Conferencing Facilities

17. Uses an outdated operating system

18. Printers are down and not working properly

19. Expense reports must be submitted in paper form

20. Uses correction fluid (e.g. Tipp-Ex)

21. Localized intranet is old – slow, outdated, doesn’t work very well

22. Has a slow or outdated website

23. Lack of WiFi

24. Uses memos

25. Uses fax machines

26. Didn’t accept smartphones

27. They don’t have a website

28. Uses CRT monitors instead of flat screens

29. Work needs a binding machine to be put together

30. Uses dial-up Internet Most Brits believe their boss is stuck in the past when it comes to tech, a poll shows


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