Report: 50% of Workers Will Be Required to Use Their Own Smartphones on the Job by 2017
May 2, 2013 9:32 AM
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Employees will be required to use their own devices in the office within the next few years
A new study published by research firm Gartner found that one significant change in the
Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) trend is coming. According to the study, by 2017 half of all employers will require workers to supply their own smartphones and tablets for work needs.
The research firm believes that companies that offer company-owned smartphones or stipends to purchase your own device will become the exception among enterprise employers. 38% of all companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 according to the study. The study says that all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
The study found that roughly half of all corporate environments supporting BYOD currently provide partial reimbursement for devices.
Interestingly, the study also found that companies within the United States are twice as likely to allow employees to bring their own devices to work as those in Europe. Europe currently boasts the lowest adoption of all regions for BYOD policies.
Gartner also says that workers in India, China, and Brazil are the most likely to be using their own device at the office.
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5/2/2013 12:52:31 PM
If a company wants me to answer a phone or do work on a gadget for business purposes they will provide the phone and/or the gadget. I'm more than happy to have a single phone, paid for by the employer, that they can lock down for security reasons. I will not tolerate an employer requiring me to purchase my own phone, pay my own plan, and then also lock it down. They don't get to have their own cake and eat it too.
It might seem like this is where the industry is headed but competition for talent will completely kill this idea. People will just flat out reject it and move to other companies that don't have such idiotic policies.
RE: Not happening
5/2/2013 1:29:52 PM
I feel the same as you.
I wont work for a company that requires me to use my personal phone for work purposes and does not reimburse me any of my bill.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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