Management Fear Still Blocks Workplace Projects

Seattle — June 27

More than a third (37 percent) of workplace projects have been blocked by company management due to fear, according to new research commissioned by Mozy and EMC, a provider of online data backup and access services.

This mentality of fear is hindering innovation, as decision-makers are reluctant to embrace technologies that could help their business.

Moreover, the research found that 57 percent of IT decision-makers believe that company management are the most fearful of new technology implementations, and more than half (55 percent) said that their company perceives the adoption of technology as a risk.

Rules set by IT departments are also hindering innovation, with 52 percent of people admitting in the survey that they have not been able to do something that would help their job due to limitations imposed on them. In addition, 24 percent of ideas generated to improve businesses are delayed for so long by the IT department that they fail to deliver results.

It is not just IT departments holding projects back, but an institutionalized fear of trying new things at work. Fifteen percent of all respondents said that no one in their organization takes risks, and less than half (46 percent) of workers questioned said their business actively embraces change. One in three (34 percent) also haven’t submitted any ideas at work and only 17 percent of respondents have had an idea at work that has been put into practice.

Source: EMC Corp.