BYOD and Wi-Fi Shaping Mobile Work Today

Last week, iPass published its quarterly Mobile Workforce Report, an in-depth look at the state of mobile work today. The report points to Wi-Fi and BYOD as the two central factors shaping the future of the mobile workforce:

"When Wi-Fi is unavailable or expensive it can negatively impact productivity, as can overly strict policies regarding the use of personal mobile devices for work. Our data shows a consistent relationship between BYOD policies, smartphone usage and worker productivity"

Here are few of the highlighted findings from the report:

  • Seventy percent of mobile workers are allowed to use their personal mobile devices for work (BYOD).

  • North American workers were most likely to work for a company with a BYOD policy, followed by Asia Pacific workers and then European workers. Of workers who do bring their own devices, the majority said they currently do or would expense Wi-Fi costs from their personal mobile devices.

  • Thirty-five percent of workers said a company’s BYOD policy might influence them to accept or decline a job offer.

  • iPhones and iPads continue to be the most popular mobile devices among mobile workers. Android phones and tablets are second in popularity and Windows tablets are showing momentum.

  • More North American workers (75 percent) can BYOD than Asia Pacific workers (71 percent) or European workers (66 percent). The trend is clear however—no matter where they live, the majority of workers now have permission to bring their own device(s) to work.