BYOD workers good for free labor

Dylan Bushell-Embling
27 Aug 2012
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Employees allowed to bring their own devices to work and given the flexibility to adjust their work schedules often work an extra five to 20 hours extra per week, a new survey claims.

Mobile workers given flexibility with their working hours are more likely to work harder as a result, according to the latest iPass Global mobile workforce report.

More than half – 57% - of mobile workers responding to the survey said they worked at least an extra 10 hours per week because they are given flexibility. This includes the 15% of respondents working more than 20 extra hours.

A sizeable majority of BYOD workers report never disconnecting fully from technology - even when on holiday or spending time with their family - and still checking in on the office during off hours.

Only 8% of mobile workers report fully disconnecting during a vacation, with 25% still considering themselves “always on” during this time.

But far from considering this an imposition, employees actually prefer it this way due to the flexibility it gives them while scheduling work tasks, the survey claims.

Around 42% of respondents would prefer a greater level of flexibility in their work lives.

BYOD policies are also benefiting companies by saving them money on their mobile bills – around 18% of respondents pay their own mobile data bills.

But corporate security policies need to catch up to the BYOD era - 25% of businesses are still failing to demand security features on their employees’ devices.

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