Workers ditch office tech ‘because they have better devices at home’

Workers ditch office tech ‘because they have better devices at home’

Employees are discarding work computers and phones because they have more sophisticated technology at home.

This is the view of Jennifer Belissent, a principal analyst at Forrester, who explained that much of the time employee’s own devices are more effective than those they would be given by their company, CNBC reports. 

Indeed, research from Gartner has revealed that over 60 per cent of employees globally have used a personal device for work purposes. 

Unsurprisingly, it is the younger generation of workers who are at the forefront of this trend.

David Willis, the head of mobility and communications research for the company, explained that millenials have always used their personal devices at school, having never really been without these. 

“So they see it as a step backward when they enter the workforce and get a heavy computer or antiquated smartphone," he added. 

"Companies don't really have a choice. These young employees are going to attempt to connect devices online whether you like it or not."

However, the rise of BYOD has left many managers and IT departments with serious questions surrounding privacy and security issues. 

Should businesses ignore the rise of BYOD and fail to deploy the mobile device management strategies needed, company information could potentially get into the wrong hands.

Mr Willis underlined that data leakage is one of the biggest concerns with BYOD systems, and this is largely due to the advent of the cloud. He noted that it is so easy to connect to the cloud these days that it’s very easily to accidentally send something out into the public domain. 

Embracing BYOD can potentially be a very positive move for businesses – they just need to ensure they take control by developing a secure strategy of how they will manage it, rather than allowing it on an ad-hoc basis.