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Workplace Mobility Statistics Show Improved Productivity

28 Sep 2017 by Michael Lazar

Can mobility in the workplace make employees more effective while helping to streamline productivity? By the mobility definition, or the ability to move around freely, and for our purposes ─ work anywhere with your preferred technology device, all signs point to yes.

According to Digital Workplace Group, an independent think tank and advocate of mobile technology in the workplace, there are 10 innate advantages to workplace mobility.These include portability, availability, accessibility, real-time data, improved user experience and personal device ownership or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

BYOD workplaces are becoming popular with employees because of the freedom that device ownership brings. While there will always need to be the delicate balance of security and device ownership in a BYOD environment – something Forbes says accounts for more than 60% of the reason why employees are hesitant to bring their own device into work or connect it to the company network – the right approach does increase productivity.

A BYOD workplace improves productivity

A number of studies on the modern BYOD workplace have been conducted to determine whether or not it improves productivity. A CIO report finds that workers are more productive when they can bring their own device, and when workplace mobility is encouraged.

One reason is because workers are prone to having their own devices on them at all times, which increases accessibility. Another reason is that workers are more familiar with their own devices, which helps to improve productivity while decreasing the learning curve. 

What's the BYOD Reality in the Workplace?
Figure 1- 89% of employees' mobile devices connect to corporate networks. 65% of companies allow personal devices to connect to corporate devices. 78% of companies note that 2x as many BYODs connect than did 2 years ago. 68% of American small businesses already embrace BYOD. More than 1/3 of organizations will stop providing devices to workers by 2016.

According to the diagram in Figure 1 from Egnyte, a BYOD trend in the modern workplace is strong, with 89% of companies allowing personal devices to connect to corporate networks and 88% of American small businesses already embracing BYOD.

  • The Evolving Workforce Project, has conducted an in-depth study on mobility in the workplace and productivity, and found that: “83% of global workers believe that technology advances have enabled them to be more productive and see this increasing in the future.”
  • A related report that was authored by the Human Capital Institute concurs, finding that mobility not only improves productivity, but also helps improve retention rates, too: “When employee engagement increases, there is a corresponding increase in employee retention by up to 87%.”
  • In a recent Tech Pro study, it was found that 75% of companies either already allow employees to bring their own devices or have plans to integrate a BYOD- friendly policy in the near future, namely due to the aforementioned employee availability and productivity increases that follow.

Custom applications are the new trend

A recent CITO Research study that was conducted on behalf of Apperian resulted in significant findings that purport the efficacy of custom applications for enterprises and their link to improved employee productivity.

  • 30% of respondents said apps improve business processes.
  • 23% of those polled said apps increased productivity.
  • 20% said it gave them a competitive advantage.
  • 14% reported greater satisfaction as an employee.

Further workplace mobility statistics derived from the study include:

  • 91% of corporate employees are using at least one app that’s mobile.
  • 45% of companies employing 10,000 or more people provide apps to at least half of their workforce.
  • 56% are enabling mobile access to drive app adoption.
  • 35% are promoting business apps internally or in a company app store.

The Citrix infographic in Figure 2 shows that as many as 91% of organizations plan to have a mobile workstyle strategy and 62% already have one in place. 

Mobile Workstyles on the Rise
More and more organizations are implementing strategies and solutions that allows people to work from anywhere, anytime, and on any device. 91% of organizations plan to have a mobile workstyle strategy. 62% have a strategy in place now and 82% will by end of 2014. Workspace decreases as mobile workstyples are adopted. The average organization already has only 7 desks for every 10 employees.

Wearables in the workplace

Along with mobile technology in the workplace and the BYOD revolution comes wearables. According to a Tech Republic survey, 49% of respondents believe that wearable technology in the workplace will improve efficiency. Interestingly enough, 37% believe that the technology should be adopted, even if there is no clear cut improvement in efficiency as a result. The majority of those polled (67%) feel that the employer should foot the costs of any wearable tech in the workplace. Just 25% are concerned about privacy from using company owned wearable devices.

Adoption rates for wearables in the workplace are on the rise, too, explains a report by Tractica, which predicts that there will be more than 75 million wearable devices in the U.S. workforce by 2020.

"Expect growth to include devices that are part of a 'bring your own wearable' or BYOW trend, as well as devices provided by employers as part of 'corporate wellness programs'," explained Tractica's research director, Aditya Kaul, on the application and efficacy of wearables in an increasingly modern workforce. "Smartwatches will be the largest category of workplace wearables, followed by fitness trackers and internet-connected smart glasses. Smart clothing is also on the horizon."

Mobility in the workplace is a relatively new tech trend. As these devices become more powerful, expect to see their adoption rates improve exponentially. For the time being, it’s exciting to be a part of a workforce that’s increasingly being powered by emerging technology as it matures.  

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