Firms Take a Hands-Off Approach to Mobile Devices

By Dennis McCafferty
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    76% of professionals surveyed said their company does not reimburse them for using their personal phone for business.

Companies are taking a decidedly hands-off approach when it comes to their employees' mobile devices, according to a recent survey from RingCentral. The vast majority of BYOD (bring your own device) workers are on their own in terms of paying for the devices, as well as troubleshooting them when something goes wrong. As for securing them? Unfortunately, most mobile professionals are giving a "What, me worry?" shrug over the potential for malware and other cyber-threats. The research also includes a great deal of work culture insights, revealing that mobile employees often view office time as a self-defined concept. That means they deal with personal tasks while on the job, including social media, games and Web surfing. However, they also put in long hours during the week and often work on weekends as well. As for those trendy, open-space offices that are intended to enhance performance via greater collaboration? Apparently, they're not living up to their promise as a productivity booster. More than 445 mobile professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-06-13
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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