Amongst Asia-Pacific IT workers, Indians are the most partial to communicating via e-mail, instant messaging, and video conferencing, according to a Microsoft survey.
According to the survey, 90 percent of Indian workers use e-mail; 80 percent use instant messaging or video conferencing tools; and three quarters of respondents use team sites or intranets.
Other key findings:
- External social networks, micro blogging, and internal social networks are restricted by one quarter of Indian organizations.
- 7 in 10 workers feel that security concerns are to blame for the restrictions, while 6 in 10 feel the restrictions are due to productivity loss. However, 71 percent of respondents feel social tools have actually helped to increase their productivity.
- Likewise, 7 in 10 feel social tools have increased workplace collaboration, and that their company recognizes the value of providing social tools--more so than in most other countries.
- Globally, e-mail is the most widely used social tool by employees in the IT sector, followed by team sites and intranets, video conferencing, and IM. IT professionals tend to use more social tools than employees in other industry sectors.
- Financial services and government employees are most likely to say their company places restrictions on the use of social tools, likely due to the high level of regulation in those sectors.