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BYOD makes employees work extra 20 hours unpaid

BYOD makes employees work extra 20 hours unpaid

But they're apparently happy to do so

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Many 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.

According to the quarterly Mobile Workforce Report from enterprise Wi-Fi access firm iPass, a third of mobile enterprise workers never fully disconnect from technology during their during personal time.

The iPass figures, based on a survey of 1,200 mobile enterprise workers worldwide, showed that only eight percent disconnect completely from work while they are on holiday.

The report also said that 92 percent of mobile workers "enjoy their job flexibility" and are "content" with working longer hours. In fact, said the report, 42 percent 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, VP of EMEA at 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."

However, iPass warned that employees run the risk of literally paying the price for this flexibility, with 18 percent shouldering their own mobile data bills, an increase of six percent from last year.

The poll also looked at the growth of video communications. Over two-thirds (67 percent) of mobile workers are using video conferencing and/or video chat applications more than they did in 2011.

Skype was the most popular video communications technology, with 70 percent of mobile workers using it as their first preference, and 36 percent used a Cisco platform. This was followed by 29 percent who preferred to use Apple’s FaceTime, and 13 percent chose Google’s Gmail video chat.

A fifth (19 percent) of mobile workers said their companies did not require security on smartphones or tablets to access work data.

In-Depth: Mobile and BYOD - lessons from successful deployments 

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  • Chris P Peters At Intel we see avg of 57min per day from our BYO efforts Pg 2 of Intel IT Mid-Year Performance Report httpwwwintelcomcontentd
  • Verivo Software Whatabout focusing on the positives of BYOD If managed correctly it increases employeeproductivity Employees are expected to worklong hours and needs to stay connected Thedifference today is that an employee no longer has to take a phone call fromtheir boss who wants to check a project status or someone who needs theirapproval on an invoice Instead companiescan build mobile apps that allow employees to complete such critical tasks attheir convenience without being interrupted during a meeting or a family dinnerThen there are the tasks whichmight once have taken a long time to complete With a mobile app taskssuch as expense reporting can be done in an instant via the right app Here is a blogon 10 -second app that you might find interesting httpwwwverivocommobility
  • Delta66 If you can do from your door they can do it from Bangalore
  • Cisco123 Cisco figured this out a long time ago Weve all been working 24x7 for the past decade And the thanks we get Random layoffs No raises No promotions All while Chambers and his executive staff take home millions literally Its all part of being in the Cisco family
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