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Organizations failing to grasp the BYOD nettle

tyntec, a telecom-web convergence company, has issued the results of its international BYOD User Survey 2015 ‘Employees’ Choice for Mobility.’ The findings, based on responses from Spain, the UK and US, reveal sluggish adoption of BYOD policies by organizations.

The UK showed the smallest percentage of BYOD governance with a mere 18 percent of respondents claiming to have awareness of a formal policy in place. For those employees using a mobile phone for work purposes, the majority of respondents indicated a preference for separate phone numbers for work and personal usage, with Spain showing the strongest preference at 91 percent.

tyntec conducted the BYOD User Survey with SurveyMonkey collecting data from 1,320 respondents. The respondents were preselected for their employment status as working at an organization with 500 or more employees.

Key findings include:

  • The majority of employees across the US (61 percent), UK (43 percent) and Spain (69 percent) claim to use their personal mobile phone for work-related tasks. Oftentimes, work-related mobile usage takes place outside of office hours. Nearly all employees using mobile phones for work continue their work usage during non-business hours, with Spanish employees showing the highest tendency to do so at 95 percent, followed by the US (94 percent) and UK (89 percent).
  • Despite the considerable amount of work-related functions carried out on personal phones, there appeared to be a limited number of BYOD policies defined by employers. Only a small subset of employees claimed to have a formal BYOD policy in place, with US showing the highest percentage at 34 percent, compared to 18 percent in the UK and 25 percent in Spain.
  • In US workplaces, the most frequently used function on a mobile device is accessing email (37 percent). Whereas, in the UK (38 percent) and in Spain (51 percent) voice is the most regularly used function. Similarly, work email and office phone numbers were the most common contact information handed out by employees to external partners or customers across all surveyed countries. The UK was least likely to give their personal mobile number to external contacts, with only 12 percent claiming they would do so, compared to 26 percent in Spain and 23 percent in the US.

“BYOD is the new norm, and the sooner enterprises embrace sound BYOD policies and user friendly features, the sooner they can increase productivity and eliminate concerns from its employees and IT,” said Thorsten Trapp, Cofounder and CTO of tyntec.

The survey report and infographic can be downloaded here: http://tyntec.com/resources/whitepapers



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