Could embracing BYOD in the workplace increase productivity?

According to Statista.com, the forecasted number of smartphone users in the UK during 2015 will reach 37.8 million. This number is estimated to rise to 40.7 million by 2016 and 43.4 million by 2017. These hefty figures are not surprising given the heavy reliance on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. According to Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer survey results, ‘UK adults look at their phone, 33 times a day on average’. With this fixation comes the inevitable trend of using mobile devices for both personal and work use. Not just at home after hours, but also in the workplace. This natural progression is called BYOD. What is BYOD? For those unfamiliar with the acronym, BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Essentially it’s a growing trend that sees employees choosing to use their own mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones in the workplace as opposed to company-issued devices. The emergence of BYOD in the workplace has allowed us to navigate and adapt to the ever-changing culture and landscape of our workplace, from shared office space and hot-desking to agile and remote working. According to Wikipedia, Intel coined the phrase Bring Your Own Device in 2009 when it realised that its workforce was employing BYOD solutions and connecting to the company network. Since then other IT organisations, such as Unisys and Citrix Systems, have been on-board with the trend. As we move into 2015, many companies are seeing the benefits of BYOD and have adopted a policy allowing the use of personal smartphones, laptops and tablets by employees in the workplace. Why BYOD? Whether your workplace employs BYOD or not, it’s inevitable that employees will utilise their own mobile devices. Employees’ devices are often more cutting-edge than company-issued ones and therefore preferential to use. Users are more likely to take advantage of the latest upgrades for their smartphones and software and operating systems for their laptops and tablets. Deloitte predicts that there will be one billion smartphone upgrades in 2015. Of that, ‘More than 90% of all smartphones sold in the UK will go to existing smartphone owners and the majority of smartphones owners will upgrade every one to two years.’ Also, ‘The number of smartphones bought as upgrades is higher than for any other personal electrical device, with 24% of UK adults planning to upgrade their smartphone, compared to 18% of people upgrading their laptops and 14% their tablets.’ According to the IDG Global Mobile Survey 2014, employees prefer to conduct research during and outside of office hours on mobile devices rather than PCs. The survey reveals that 86% use their tablet and 72% use their smartphone. BYOD productivity The good news is that a study by IBM reveals that employee satisfaction and productivity are increased by BYOD. The reasoning behind this is that employees are more familiar and comfortable with their own devices, and therefore will use them more efficiently and effectively and ideally be more productive. The study’s findings also revealed that ‘82% of respondents expect smartphones to play a critical role in business productivity’ and ‘36% deemed laptops critical to productivity’. Benefits of BYOD Other obvious benefits include eliminating the need for multiple devices for personal and work use and therefore possible financial savings for companies. Ultimately the costs are often shifted to the employee. Companies also benefit from the employees’ cutting-edge devices utilising the latest capabilities, features and updates. This also takes pressure off IT departments to upgrade entire systems and reduces the disruption and costs associated with this process. As the reliance on mobile devices continues to grow and the line between personal time and office time becomes more blurred, companies utilising a BYOD workplace could see an increase in productivity. The BYOD approach could help productivity rise amongst employees, but how do you ensure that multiple devices and different models work in harmony to create a fully-functioning and connected workspace without compromising your company’s security and compliance? The solution: Targus Universal Docking Stations Targus Universal Docking Stations provide employees with the flexibility to use their personal device, help improve productivity by more than 50% and ensure data is protected. By utilising a standard desk set up for all devices, we’re able to accommodate employees’ preferred choice of Windows laptop, Windows tablet, MacBook and Ultrabook which can be connected to desktop monitors and peripherals via one simple USB connection. This gives the flexibility to simply plug in, switch on and start working with a familiar device in the workplace. And let’s face it; the easier it is to connect to the company network without encroaching on your IT department’s time, the better.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

According to Statista.com, the forecasted number of smartphone users in the UK during 2015 will reach 37.8 million. This number is estimated to rise to 40.7 million by 2016 and 43.4 million by 2017.

These hefty figures are not surprising given the heavy reliance on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. According to Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer survey results, ‘UK adults look at their phone, 33 times a day on average’.

With this fixation comes the inevitable trend of using mobile devices for both personal and work use. Not just at home after hours, but also in the workplace. This natural progression is called BYOD.

What is BYOD?

For those unfamiliar with the acronym, BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Essentially it’s a growing trend that sees employees choosing to use their own mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones in the workplace as opposed to company-issued devices.

The emergence of BYOD in the workplace has allowed us to navigate and adapt to the ever-changing culture and landscape of our workplace, from shared office space and hot-desking to agile and remote working.

According to Wikipedia, Intel coined the phrase Bring Your Own Device in 2009 when it realised that its workforce was employing BYOD solutions and connecting to the company network. Since then other IT organisations, such as Unisys and Citrix Systems, have been on-board with the trend.

As we move into 2015, many companies are seeing the benefits of BYOD and have adopted a policy allowing the use of personal smartphones, laptops and tablets by employees in the workplace.

Why BYOD?

Whether your workplace employs BYOD or not, it’s inevitable that employees will utilise their own mobile devices. Employees’ devices are often more cutting-edge than company-issued ones and therefore preferential to use. Users are more likely to take advantage of the latest upgrades for their smartphones and software and operating systems for their laptops and tablets.

Deloitte predicts that there will be one billion smartphone upgrades in 2015. Of that, ‘More than 90% of all smartphones sold in the UK will go to existing smartphone owners and the majority of smartphones owners will upgrade every one to two years.’

Also, ‘The number of smartphones bought as upgrades is higher than for any other personal electrical device, with 24% of UK adults planning to upgrade their smartphone, compared to 18% of people upgrading their laptops and 14% their tablets.’

According to the IDG Global Mobile Survey 2014, employees prefer to conduct research during and outside of office hours on mobile devices rather than PCs. The survey reveals that 86% use their tablet and 72% use their smartphone.

BYOD productivity

The good news is that a study by IBM reveals that employee satisfaction and productivity are increased by BYOD. The reasoning behind this is that employees are more familiar and comfortable with their own devices, and therefore will use them more efficiently and effectively and ideally be more productive.

The study’s findings also revealed that ‘82% of respondents expect smartphones to play a critical role in business productivity’ and ‘36% deemed laptops critical to productivity’.

Benefits of BYOD

Other obvious benefits include eliminating the need for multiple devices for personal and work use and therefore possible financial savings for companies. Ultimately the costs are often shifted to the employee.

Companies also benefit from the employees’ cutting-edge devices utilising the latest capabilities, features and updates. This also takes pressure off IT departments to upgrade entire systems and reduces the disruption and costs associated with this process.

As the reliance on mobile devices continues to grow and the line between personal time and office time becomes more blurred, companies utilising a BYOD workplace could see an increase in productivity.

The BYOD approach could help productivity rise amongst employees, but how do you ensure that multiple devices and different models work in harmony to create a fully-functioning and connected workspace without compromising your company’s security and compliance?

The solution: Targus Universal Docking Stations

Targus Universal Docking Stations provide employees with the flexibility to use their personal device, help improve productivity by more than 50% and ensure data is protected. By utilising a standard desk set up for all devices, we’re able to accommodate employees’ preferred choice of Windows laptop, Windows tablet, MacBook and Ultrabook which can be connected to desktop monitors and peripherals via one simple USB connection.

This gives the flexibility to simply plug in, switch on and start working with a familiar device in the workplace. And let’s face it; the easier it is to connect to the company network without encroaching on your IT department’s time, the better.

 

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