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89% of full-time employees access company files remotely

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Staff writer ▼ | November 14, 2014
While the majority of full-time employees access files remotely (89%), nearly three-quarters (73%) still do so via email, and less than a quarter (22%) are aware of a company-approved file-sharing system in their workplace.
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The findings of the new study by Soonr, a provider of secure file sharing and collaboration services for business, demonstrate growing trends in business file sharing, as well as an awareness gap of use-case opportunities across professions and industries.

Nearly three out of four full-time employees (74%) report that it's important to their work to be able to share files easily with coworkers, partners and customers. Yet, two out of three full-time employees (67%) still struggle with ensuring files across teams and organizations are up-to-date, a large jump from 26% in 2013.

Other top concerns impacting employees include: accessing files anytime (48%); sharing large files (47%); organizing files (44%); working on documents while mobile (41%); and securing corporate data (33%).

In an always-on era where work is conducted from the road via smartphone, or at an off-site meeting on a tablet, protecting sensitive internal and client or customer information is paramount to business success. Yet the fraction of full-time employees who feel challenged by securing corporate data is up to 33%, compared to 9% in 2013.

"With a full 59% of respondents feeling it is 'important,' or 'very important,' to be able to download or edit work files from a mobile device outside the office, addressing these concerns is paramount," said Ahmet Tuncay, CEO of Soonr.

"Solution providers can no longer rely on simple sync-and-share capabilities—employees need easy access to complete documents along with full editing capabilities under a range of conditions, even offline, in order to do their jobs efficiently." ■

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