Mobile IT Is Fueling a Productivity Boom
The vast majority of organizations are benefiting from a mobility-driven productivity boom, according to a recent survey from Evolve IP. The accompanying "2014 Mobility and BYOD Survey" report reveals that mobility, telecommuting and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives are now ubiquitous, and a great many companies provide smartphones and tablets to their employees. Though many workers admit that they sometimes wish they weren't "always available," they do acknowledge that their constant state of connectivity actually improves work-life balance overall. "It's not only the companies that value the benefits of mobility and BYOD," according to the report. "Employees appreciate an improved work-home balance and the ability to work from anywhere at any time. ... It's not surprising given that the average number of hours employees are working outside the office … is three hours per day." On the other hand, IT departments need to stay on top of the wealth of users—including tech staffers—who are downloading unauthorized mobile apps. More than 565 professionals in North America took part in the research.