10 Takeaways from the ‘Mobile Workforce Report’

Enterprise mobility services provider iPass has published the results of a global mobile workforce survey and – if you needed proof – it shows, overwhelmingly, that enterprise is going mobile.

You can read the full report on the iPass website. We’ve pulled out some highlights that we thought might interest you and make you think about the way you work.

San Sharma (@WorkSnugSan) is community manager at WorkSnug

Mobilemania Sweeps the Enterprise

  1. Mobile workers are getting younger. (Ed. note: What’s your secret?!) The median age of a mobile employee is 41, five years younger than in 2010
  2. Keeping tabs. Tablet ownership has grown to 44 percent of mobile employees, up from 33 percent in the second quarter of 2011
  3. iEnterprise. The iPhone is now the top smartphone in the enterprise market with 45 percent marketshare among mobile workers, up from 31 percent in 2010
  4. Decisions, decisions. Only 28 percent of mobile workers are given no choice when it comes to selecting a smartphone; the majority of enterprises offer their employees some choice (62 percent) – 44 percent can select from a list of smartphones, and an additional 19 percent can use any device they choose to access corporate resources
  5. Home alone. 42 percent of mobile employees leave their laptop at their work base and just use a smartphone or tablet in the evenings or on the weekends, at least occasionally
  6. “I can’t live, if living is without U…nified Communications.” 59 percent of mobile employees gave an emotional response when asked how they would feel if they went without their smartphones for a week. Among mobile employees with an emotional response, 40 percent would feel disoriented, 34 percent would feel distraught, and 10 percent would feel lonely without their smartphone
  7. The Yawn Ultimatum. One in four mobile workers sleeps less than six hours a night. And one in three mobile workers claimed that they got less sleep because of work
  8. On the road. Again. When traveling, 44 percent of mobile workers believe travel contributes negatively to their overall health. Only 9 percent consider travel a positive, and 47 percent see no effect at all
  9. Focus Pocus. Mobile workers don’t waste much time during the day on technology distractions – only about 28 minutes on average. The top two reasons are work-related (one email and two technical issues), followed by social media
  10. The IT Crowd. Most mobile workers described themselves as highly proficient when it comes to technology (69 percent), compared to 6 percent who rated themselves as fairly proficient or non-proficient. And mobile workers only contacted IT as a last resort (81 percent), while 2 percent had IT on speed dial


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