39% of workers would leave their job if it did not offer BYOD

39% of workers would leave their job if it did not offer BYOD

Over a third (39 per cent) of employees would leave their job if their employer did not offer a bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, a new study has suggested.

The research, which was commissioned by VMWare Inc, surveyed 1,500 IT decision makers, as well as 3,000 office workers from across Europe.

Not only was there a sizeable demand for BYOD, the survey also found that 67 per cent of office workers in the UK claimed that their employer does not currently offer the mobile applications and tools needed in order for them to be efficient and productive.

Another 62 per cent said that there were no mobility policies in place to allow the flexibility to work while on the move.

The demand for such services has left quite a number of IT departments struggling to keep up, with nearly half (47 per cent) claiming that their department was unable to address the mobile needs of employees.

Such a figure has not come through lack of trying, as more and more enterprises are beginning to recognise the advantages a BYOD policy can have on the productivity and satisfaction of workers.

A total of 70 per cent of companies surveyed said that they had, or were planning to implement a BOYD policy for their employees, with just under a third (32 per cent), admitting that attracting and retaining talent was one of the main reasons for doing so.  

Chief technology officer at VMWare Joe Baguley said: "This is evidence of an emerging class of mobile rebels with a real cause – a new wave of employees using mobile devices to their advantage, to work more effectively and drive innovation."

"Many companies are playing catch up to this trend. If workers aren't provided with the mobile resources they require, many will take the initiative and drive change themselves."

Another key finding was that of security, as only 35 per cent of workers are confident that the data being stored on their devices is safe, suggesting that many businesses have not managed to form a coherent strategy for BYOD and flexible working.