Mobile Technology A Critical Part Of Work Today

in BYOD, Cloud Computing, Email, Mobile Cloud, Mobile Computing, Productivity, Security

Mobile Technology BYODGreat strides in mobile technology and communications have meant that the smartphone and tablet has become an essential tool for most workers as the move to mobile working away from a main office or headquarters is becoming more common.  Part of the reason is that with the development of effective online collaboration tools, remote working and BOYD strategies enable employers to recruit from a talent pool outside of their geographic area.

A survey carried out by Wrike, which provides online task and project management services, reveals that mobile working is critical for a growing number of workers.  More than 44% of the 850 people interviewed use their devices more than 40 times a day, primarily for picking up emails and to phone others.

What I find striking is that within the last two years how Bring You Own Device (BYOD) policies have evolved and been accepted despite companies voicing fears about security and data management when BOYD first started to come to the forefront of new working practices.

Other key findings are:

  • The more frequently people use their device for work, the more apps they use
  • Multiple devices are being used to get work done
  • Most companies require you to BYOD
  • Most people work 1-2 hours out of the office daily
  • The majority of employers neither encourage nor discourage after-hours work
  • The use of devices will continue to increase
  • Mobile devices are critical to getting work done
  • Staying informed from anywhere is the number one benefit of devices
  • Mobile devices improve work-life balance for more than a third of respondents
  • Mobile devices are not ideal for detailed work
  • Mobile devices make people more productive overall
  • People save about 1–2 hours a week because of their devices
  • Mobile devices are primarily used for email and phone calls

Mobile Technology Saves Time

Most people see devices as a productivity booster and believe their devices make them more informed and responsive:
• Mobile devices increase productivity for 82% of people. 40% save 1-2 hours, 29% save 3-4 hours, and 13% save 5 or more hours.
• 64% of respondents consider staying informed about work topics from anywhere the biggest benefit of their devices.
• Responding faster to work requests (55%) and freedom to work from anywhere (52%) were the two other major benefits.

Downsides

Not everything in the garden is rosy. Thirty percent of those who were surveyed said they felt that having a mobile device hurt their work-life balance. Interestingly, 37 percent said it improved their work-life balance.

Other issues were  that devices are not good for long form work, mobile apps are not as functional or more difficult than desktop versions and it is difficult to use multiple applications simultaneously on a mobile device.

Summary

Wrike’s summary is: “In the future, it’s clear that mobile devices will continue to be critical tools for work. Mobile devices, and the applications that run on them, will need to keep up with the demand from users in terms of ease-of-use, reliability, and feature sets. In addition, companies will need to consider how these devices and applications can help make their workforce more productive and informed without negatively impacting work-life balance and satisfaction. They will also have to consider how their BYOD policies impact data and network security.

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