European corporations are losing up to three weeks of working time per employee every year as a result of PC downtime according to a recent report.
The survey, from SCO and Harris Research, found that each employee in European companies loses over 100 hours a year due to problems such as systems malfunction and personal use of the machine at work.
The results showed that in the main, the lost time is due to either PC malfunction or misuse, including new systems implementation (150 minutes per employee per week), PC or network malfunction (90 minutes per employee per week) and personal use (30 minutes per employee per week).
Geoff Seabrook, senior vice president of SCO, commented: "Putting that into perspective, if you take the example of a management consultancy which charges #500 a day for one of its consultants, then that business will lose #7,500 per consultant per year. Multiply that by 1,000 employees and figures of the order of a loss of #7.5 million per year add up to a serious corporate burden."
In addition, nearly one in two (47%) of Europe's corporate PC users believe they are working harder than they were a year ago and that they spend an average of about half their working time in front of their PCs.
Despite the survey's startling results of the amount of time lost, PC users in Europe are still positive about their own use of IT.
The report showed 93% like using a PC at work and almost all the respondents were very positive about their companies use of IT, with 97% agreeing that IT systems are vital for supporting employees in a modern company.
The survey was carried out among 400 users of personal computers in medium and large companies across Europe.
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