70% of mobile workers utilize company BYOD policies: iPass report

Infotech Lead India: 70 percent of all mobile workers now utilize company BYOD policies, according to iPass Mobile Workforce Report.

71 percent of mobile workers are allowed to use their personal mobile devices for work (BYOD).

North American workers are the most likely to be employed at companies that allow BYOD, followed by Asia Pacific workers and then European workers. Of workers who do BYOD, the majority said they currently do or would expense Wi-Fi costs from their personal mobile devices.

iPass Mobile Workforce Report says most mobile workers spend the majority of their business days within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot but 41 percent of workers said lack of wireless coverage renders them unproductive at least 10 percent of their workday.

Productivity drain is likely to be even higher with 18 percent of mobile workers saying they are unproductive due to a lack of Wi-Fi for at least 25 percent of their day. A majority of respondents felt more productive rather than less productive working remotely at home and in remote offices.

59 percent of mobile workers have paid more than $20 for one-time use of Wi-Fi. Twenty-four percent of workers have paid $30 or more for one-time access to Wi-Fi.

35 percent of all respondents said a company’s BYOD policy can sway their employment choices.

Mobile workers spend their remote work time in a range of places. The most likely locations are their homes or some type of office but 75 percent also work remotely from hotels; 40 percent report working from airplanes and coffee shops; and 29 percent report working on public transportation, such as trains, buses and subways.

Nearly three out of four (71 percent) mobile workers research Wi-Fi hotspot availability before they travel. Asia Pacific workers are most likely to do this type of research, followed by European workers and North American workers.

The iPass Mobile Workforce Report is based on a survey of 1,150 mobile enterprise employees worldwide between March 28, 2013 and April 19, 2013.

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