There is no doubting the fact that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has become hugley popular with many firms over the course of the past few years. However, the magnitude of its popularity has perhaps been underestimated.
In fact, BYOD is now threatening to topple the longstanding king of the office morale-booster; the humble tea and biscuit.
A recent survey has suggested that UK workers are spending more than double on IT devices than on tea and coffee supplies over the course of the year, saving money for their respective IT department.
Around 83 per cent of organisations now allow the use of mobile devices as part of a BYOD scheme, while 39 per cent of employees are now purchasing their own device for work purpose.
The effects of such an approach have already had a significant impact, companies saving an average of £150,265 over five years, according to IT solutions company Landesk.
Nigel Seddon, area director, Landesk, said: "Compared to the average yearly spend of £97.12 on tea and coffee, having technology for work and play is as essential to many as food and drink is.
"This clearly saves IT departments a great deal. However, they need to ensure that they have visibility of these devices and can support them cost-effectively without compromising security, but there are clear financial benefits to be considered."
Another point highlighted by the research is that there are still a number of organisations that are still the main point of responsibiltiy to ensure the licensing and compliance of these devices.
Only 27 per cent of workers admitted personal responsibility, compared to 63 per cent who saw the organisation as liable.
The research did find however that the concept of IT security is not being neglected, with only five per cent of workers claiming that their device was not password-protected.