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A slow internet connection is one of the biggest bugbears for British employees, a new survey has revealed.

According to a study commissioned by TalkTalk Business, 40 per cent cite this as the biggest time-waster at work.

This put it ahead of having to use a computer that isn't powerful enough (36 per cent) and using unreliable software (29 per cent).

Furthermore, 17 per cent said they waste lots of time trying to share and download large documents.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said poor technology at work affects their productivity, while the survey found young adults find this especially frustrating.

Indeed, almost half of 18 to 24-year-olds complained that slow internet speeds stop them from doing their job.

Just three per cent of British workers described their workplace as "Leading Edge" - with access to high-spec hardware, superfast and reliable internet connectivity and cloud-based software and collaboration tools.

Meanwhile, 44 per cent described their workplace as "Traditional", with usable but basic hardware and slow to adequate internet speeds, systems and connectivity.

Unreliable technology could be one reason why many firms are failing to embrace solutions such as video conferencing systems, which TalkTalk Business said can lower business costs and improve collaboration and productivity.

Just seven per cent of British employees said they regularly use video conferencing technology, while only 18 per cent regularly use instant messaging and business messaging services such as Lync.

TalkTalk Business said this is despite consumer use of the likes of Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp becoming "increasingly commonplace".

Graeme Codrington, a Futurist at TalkTalk Business, commented: "When it comes to the typical experience of workplace technology in the UK, we are seeing a growing digital divide between the services and tools we all use as consumers and the antiquated by comparison technology we’re forced to use in the workplace. 

"For businesses, now is the time to catch up and separate the passing fad from the technology that will deliver tangible impact for years to come."

Mr Codrington added that this is vital if firms wish to remain competitive in the future and would be "critical to survival".

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