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It's Official! Australians Aren't Married to the Job

03-21-2005

According to Avaya's Working to Communicate Better in Businessreport, 64 per cent of Australian respondents would jump at thechance to do something outside work compared to 36 per cent whosaid they would stay at work to get ahead of the game.

According to Avaya's Working to Communicate Better in Business report, 64 per cent of Australian respondents would jump at the chance to do something outside work compared to 36 per cent who said they would stay at work to get ahead of the game. An amazing 78 per cent of those said they would spend that extra time with their family.

If communications technology made it possible for Australian office workers to get the day's work done an hour earlier, most would spend the extra time with the family rather than hang around the office to impress the boss, a global survey of 600 officer workers in mid management has found.

Surprisingly, the Russians (49 per cent) were most likely to keep working followed by the Americans (46 per cent) and the Germans (45 per cent).

According to Robbie Kruger, Solutions Development Manager at Avaya, "this is sharp reminder to employers that they must get the work life balance right in the workplace if they want to keep good people, particularly at a time when we have the lowest unemployment rate in decades and major skills shortages."

Better communications technology - using Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony - is not only dramatically less expensive as a business overhead, it enables staff to manage their communications more effectively both in the office and out of the office. It is estimated that working more smartly can save up to an hour a day, time that can be better spent achieving an improved work/life balance.

The research has been launched in Australia today as Avaya - (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services - embarks on a national roadshow to educate Australian employers on ways in which better communication technology can liberate workers to enjoy more balance between work and leisure.

Notes to Editors
Vanson Bourne surveyed 600 managerial level business contacts in commercial organisations in each of the target countries, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Russia, UK and USA. The commercial organisations had a minimum of 200 employees.

In Australia, UK and USA the survey was conducted online, using a qualified panel of business contacts. Screening questions were used to determine the respondent's appropriateness for the survey. In Brazil, Germany and Russia, where online surveying has lower acceptance levels, telephone interviews were used to gather the data. Again respondents were screened to ensure their qualification.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500 ®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

About Vanson Bourne
Incorporated in 1999, Vanson Bourne is a specialist IT market research consultancy, whose clients range from global corporations to small, highly specialised start-ups. Its goal is to provide research expertise and market insight using analysis and advice based on incisive and rigorous research into their market environment. These rely on the confidential contributions of qualified IT and Business professionals in organisations of all types, around the world. Vanson Bourne's experience encompasses researching both IT and Business professionals in all business sectors and geographies from Europe to Africa and from Asia-Pacific to the USA.

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