Productivity improves if employees use own mobile devices

SMBs may want to consider letting their employees use their own mobile devices at work following the results of a survey.

Citrix Online commissioned YouGov to conduct research and discovered that productivity improves if staff are allowed to use their own mobile devices at work. Now that more software is available in the cloud, the choice of end-user device is less crucial, the research deduced.

YouGov sampled 700 SMBs in the UK, Germany and France and found that 11% of employees who use their own smartphones or tablets were 30% more productive than their counterparts whilst a third of respondents said their worker’s productivity increased by at least 10%.

The survey also found that 45% of staff do use their own devices for work. It would appear that workers are pressurising their bosses to let them choose their own devices as they strive to improve their work/life balance and reduce the need for constant commuting.

The use of personal communications devices becomes even more widespread amongst company executives; only 6% claimed they did not possess such a device.

61% of the surveyed employees said it made their life easier if they could use the same device for both business and personal use and around 50% claimed that their device was more flexible and functional than their employer’s alternative.

The one downside to this revolution is that 57% of companies have no device management tools in place, although there are signs that this could be changing. Almost 20% of companies have already adopted secure remote access software, remote IT tools and web conferencing solutions.

If employees are comfortable using their own devices, and productivity improves, small business owners should be going all out to encourage this.

What disadvantages, if any, do you envisage if staff use their own mobile devices at work?

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Anders Bjornsbo is Managing Director of e-conomic, a Web-based accounting system that exploits the opportunities of the Internet for easy-to-use, flexible and secure accounting solutions.