Did you bring your work phone on holiday this year? I’m afraid that I’m guilty and it looks like I’m not the only one!
According to the latest Mobile Workforce Report from iPass, almost a third of employees are working up to 20 additional hours per week unpaid as a result of bring your own device (BYOD) policies adopted by their firms. The figures are based on a survey of 1,200 mobile enterprise workers worldwide, showing that only 8% disconnect completely from technology during their personal time.
The report goes on to discuss how 92% of mobile workers “enjoy their job flexibility” and are “content” with working longer hours, going as far as to state 42% would like “even greater flexibility for their working practices”
"BYOD is effectively turning us into a generation of productive workaholics, with many workers seemingly happy to work during their downtime in exchange for flexibility in how and where they work," said Rene Hendrikse, iPass. "Mobile workers want to help their companies stay competitive in a fast-paced and challenging business environment and for this reason nearly half of all businesses are now actively encouraging flexible working."
A negative has also been highlighted in that employees run the risk of actually paying for this flexibility with 18% having to pay their own mobile bills.
The poll also looked at the increase in the use of video communications with over two-thirds of mobile works using video conferences/video chat applications more than they did in 2011. Skype was the most popular, following by Cisco platform, Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Gmail video chat