The "Mobile Elite" Risk Getting Fired for BYOD


The "Mobile Elite" Risk Getting Fired for BYOD

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52% of global workers feel they have better technology at home than at the office.

A new breed of employee is quickly evolving—a "mobile elite." These people command a more sophisticated knowledge and understanding of technology, even if they don't work in IT. They are early adopters of personal devices, applications and cloud services, and their personal preferences---not IT policies—drive usage. Even if their organization bans the use of certain technologies, mobile-elite professionals will risk a potential termination to stick with their own tech tools, according to a recent survey conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Unisys. In fact, even if a device breaks down, these employees are reluctant to take advantage of the IT help desk to get it fixed. While these workers may think that BYOD (bring your own device) is an entitlement, they may be surprised to learn how many organizations ban the use of personal devices and apps on the job. A total of 2,600 information workers and 590 business and IT executives took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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