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Female workers are ‘appier when working remotely

The most popular cloud-based applications Australian female professionals are using to work and communicate outside of the office

New research by global workplace provider Regus, released today, has revealed the most popular cloud-based applications Australian women use to work and communicate when working from remote locations.

The survey, which polled over 1,194 business decision makers and professionals in Australia, found that as a nation, female workers most commonly used online file-sharing service Dropbox (67 per cent), followed by Google Drive (44 per cent) and Microsoft remote desktop 19.4 per cent).

The research also found that the most popular VoIP Messaging applications female respondents used over the previous month was Skype (63 per cent), followed by Facebook Messenger (63 per cent) and WhatsApp (33 per cent).

Whilst the top three popular VoIP messaging applications were the same for both genders, male respondents used Facebook Messenger significantly fewer times than their female counterparts (49 per cent and 63 per cent, respectively).

The full list of popular apps for female professionals included:

Top messaging tools for female professionals

Top cloud software tools for female professionals

Skype

63.0%

Dropbox

66.9%

Facebook Messenger

63.0%

Google Drive

44.0%

Whatsapp

32.6%

Microsoft remote desktop

19.4%

Viber

27.6%

TeamViewer

18.5%

Snapchat

11.4%

Google Hangouts

16.4%

WeChat

5.3%

Chrome remote desktop

11.1%

LINE

4.1%

WeTransfer

7.6%

MessageMe

1.8%

Apple remote desktop

7.3%

Tango

1.5%

LogMeIn Ignition

6.2%

QQ

1.2%

GoToMyPC

4.7%

ChatOn

0.9%

Wyse PocketCloud

0.6%

Kakaotalk

0.3%

Splashtop

0.3%

Source: www.regus.com.au

The sometimes challenging needs of remote workers have strongly driven the take up of cloud-based applications that provide users with cost-effective access to office tools wherever they are (84 percent).

Commenting on the research, Regus Market Director of VIC, SA and WA, Georgia Mitchell, said: “With a growing number of women working remotely least some of the time, the surge cloud-based applications to help with work and communication is incredibly beneficial.

“There are instances where women feel they are overlooked when they are not in the office. Instant Messaging tools and VoIP have revolutionised how busy female professionals can communicate. They are able to show they are available, connected and immediately responsive,” she said.

A particularly important group of females in the workplace are working mothers. Previous research indicates that mind-sets are rapidly changing with 89 per cent of Australian businesses reporting that the companies who do not employ women returning from maternity leave are in fact missing out.

Respondents reported that flexible hours, along with working remotely are among the top strategies to get more mothers back into the workforce. In fact, 63 per cent of Australian respondents report that more women are demanding to work remotely when they return to the workforce.

Ms Mitchell continued: “With more businesses offering not just mothers but all women the opportunity to work remotely at least occasionally, online tools are helping to overcome some of the hurdles traditionally associated with working from outside the office. Cloud-based technology is bridging the gap whereby workers no longer feel out of touch with colleagues and unable to access documents on the company server.

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Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,300 business centres in 850 cities and 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au