Line between home and work becoming increasingly blurred

Line between home and work becoming increasingly blurred

The line between work and home has become increasingly blurred, a new report has suggested.

Wandera's Enterprise Mobile Data Report Q1 2014 examined the use of mobile data on the work phones of employees in an attempt to establish how members of staff are using their devices.

The issue of mobile working has become a primary consideration for many workers and companies alike, mainly due to the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends, which have subsequently fuelled an increase in the use of smartphones and tablets.

The report found that email was still the most widely used application by many workers, being used for 68 minutes a day.

It is therefore unsurprising to find out that email was responsible for near a quarter (23 per cent) of all mobile data usage.

Social media was also a big part of how employees used their company phone, with Facebook being the most popular.

Despite LinkedIn being a professional platform, it does not seem to be popular with many employees, many of whom seem to prefer connecting through more personal networks.

LinkedIn was used on only 16 per cent of work devices, while Facebook was used on 81 per cent of corporate mobile phones. Twitter was used on 65 per cent of devices.

Cloud storage is also on the rise and the report suggests that its use is a good indicator of the crossover between home and work technology.

Dropbox is used on 13 per cent of devices, while business cloud specialist Box was only used on just one per cent.

Eldar Tuvey, chief executive officer of Wandera said: "'Our data is definitely showing a blurring of work and home tasks being done on these devices. With email so accessible, employees are using it more frequently out of office hours, with nearly a quarter of mobile data used between 18:00 and midnight. The boundaries between work and home are being crossed and equally employees expect to use their work devices for personal use like Facebook or even dating."