ONLY 11% of Yorkshire bosses trust their staff to work out of the office, a survey has revealed.
But 39% of employees felt confident they could do a better job by working remotely.
Figures from BT Business showed managers in the region were reluctant to move their staff away from the office desk, despite many employees saying they could be more productive working on the road, with a customer or from home if they had the right technology.
John Wright, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “This boils down to a matter of trust. In the current climate, small firms need to be operating at full stretch.
“Recent bad weather
demonstrated the need for British businesses to enable their employees to be productive, wherever they are.”
The survey said bosses were still guilty of outdated attitudes – such as “presenteeism” where it is thought that if employees are not at their desks, they are not working.
It said firms should use “unified” communications” integrating voice, data, fixed and wireless telecoms to field customer queries, deal with suppliers and handle phone calls and e-mails.
BT said its 70,000 flexi-workers had saved the company £500m in costs and increased productivity by 30% using unifying communications.