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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RE: is this suprising?
5/4/2013 4:27:59 PM
I think in today's age there's another factor to it, the hype of the damn things.
I had a buddy working on a service desk during the time of the first iphone release and the massive hype surrounding them. The people he was servicing already had smartphones, nokia's, which did the job adequatly mind you.
As soon as the company offered iPhones as well as nokia's for new employees as replacement phones, the failure rate of the nokia's nigh tripled instantly. Ofcourse the emplyees wheren't allowed to "trade in" their perfectly fine nokia's, so the only way to get a new phone quick was to destroy the old one.
Unless you're fine with buying your employees the latest and greatest every 6 months, buying smartphones for your workers is simply not doable.
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