The Mobile Workstyle
Today's workforce is changing the concept of where work is done. A variety of new devices and services are empowering the mobile worker to work where, when, and how he or she chooses.
Mobile productivity out of the office
- According to a Cisco study on the international workplace. the mobile workflow is now business-as-usual for enterprises around the world.
- 3 of 5 worleks say they don't need to be in the office anymore to be productive.
Mobile working worldwide
- Increasingly, work is something people do rather than a place people go.
- 32% of employees globally now rely on more than one mobile device during the typical workday.
Where mobile workers feel most productive
- In the office - 46%.
- Working from home - 38%.
- On an airplane - 2%.
- In a hotel - 2%.
- In a cafe - 2%.
- Public transportation - 1%.
- No preference - 9%.
Enabling mobile productivity
- According to a survey by Unisys and IDC, many IT departments are providing workers with mobile devices for work, but many workers report they've supplied their own.
- 87% of IT managers say companies provide workers mobile phone and cover costs, but more than half of employees with iPhones, Android phones, and iPads report they purchased the devices themselves.
The rise of mobile email
- Mobile email is booming, enabling the growth of the mobile workforce. According to comScore, between November 2009 and November 2010, fewer people accessed their email through websites and significantly more
checked email on mobile devices.
- Users accessing web-based email - -6% (Nov 2009 - Nov 2010).
- Users accessing mobile email - +36% (Nov 2009 - Nov 2010).
- The meteoric rise of mobile email is being driven by the popularity of smartphones: 1) 78% of smartphone users access email on the devices; 2) 30% of all mobile users access email on their phones (as of Nov 2010).
Device-driven tablet boom
- Enterprise mobility firm iPass surveyed more than 3.500 employees at more than 1.100 enterprises worldwide to find out how they use mobile devices. Here's what they found: More than 65 million tablets are expected
to sell in 2011, and mobile workers are on the leading front of this push.
- 65% of mobile workers use a tablet.
- 27% of mobile workers use a tablet for work.
Tablet growth is youth-driven
- Mobile workers' ages: 1) Age 22-34 - 70% use tablets; 2) Age 35-44 - 67% use tablets; 3) Age 45-54 - 63% use tablets; 4) Age 55-64 - 47% use tablets.
Most frequent use of tablets among mobile workers
- Send and receive email - 36%.
- Surf the Internet - 35%.
- Read (e-books, newspapers or magazines) - 12%.
- Watch video content - 7%.
How mobile workers use smartphones
- The survey also looked at what types of business apps and services mobile workers use on their smartphones: 1) Social media for work; 2) Information management; 3) Web conferencing; 4) Note-taking; 5) Office suites.
Gist | Sources: iPass; ITPRO; Cisco; UNISYS; IDC; Research; ComScore.