Two thirds of UK firms have not implemented flexible working technologies, such as cloud computing and video conferencing, because they believe it is too difficult to integrate into every-day practices, says LifeSize.

Research of 1,000 firms by OnePoll on behalf of the video communications provider, revealed nearly a quarter (24 percent) of firms say flexible working is a top priority for 2012, with 51 percent admitting they think technology such as video communications, remote server systems and cloud computing would help them during their working day. However, more than half (57 percent) feel it will not be easy to adopt these technologies within their business.

Of those that do have flexible working technologies in place, 55 percent has video communications facilities, while 30 percent said they give their staff tablet PCs to help them work on the move or from home.

Over a third (35 percent) of firms admitted they were feeling the effects of the economic downturn on their business, with more than half (56 percent) having to reduce face-to-face meetings and 37 percent opting to conduct meetings by video conferencing systems or over the phone to better manage costs.

"Even with the latest budget announcement supporting SMBs, the costs of travel will continue to rise, and therefore a need for high quality, interoperable and business-ready solutions at an accessible cost. Businesses of all sizes are cutting costs across the board but perceive that it is too complex to implement the required technologies to enable their staff to work efficiently from any location," said Michael Stephens, UK and Ireland general manager at LifeSize

"From this survey it's obvious more education is required amongst UK businesses that it no longer costs a fortune to equip employees with the right communication technologies while reducing costs associated with running a business, such as paying for travel and meeting room space".