Limiting Mobile Access to Data Hurts Productivity

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Nearly three-quarters of the employees surveyed said anytime access to work files and documents is important or very important.

While mobile file-sharing products boost team collaboration, a significant number of employees said they struggle to use these tools when working outside the office, according to a recent survey from Soonr. The accompanying report, "The Increasing Challenges of Mobility in the Workplace," indicates that professionals at all levels, including CEOs, are encountering these challenges. Much of these problems can be attributed to a lack of a company-approved file-sharing service. As a result, more workers are staying in the office to ensure access to important documents, reversing a trend toward the increased virtual work arrangements that have boosted productivity. "Workplace mobility is today's business paradigm," according to the report. "Employees are now working in the office, on the road, at home and in the field, and their business content needs to be accessible and editable from any location in order to remain productive. But in with the mix of BYOD (bring your own device) and corporate-issued devices in the workplace, it's more complex than ever to share files, sync devices and keep content current, while still keeping business data secure." A total of 1,075 employees, executives, IT professionals and other company representatives took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-04
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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