Allowing employees to use the technology devices and applications of their choice produces a happier and more efficient workforce, according to new consumer research commissioned by VMware, Inc.
The study, conducted across 10 Asia-Pacific countries, found that those using their own devices to complete work tasks saw significant boosts in productivity at all levels of business. This occurrence is most prevalent in Thailand (81 percent of respondents), India (72 percent of respondents), China (69 percent of respondents) and South Korea (68 percent of respondents).
In addition, more than one-third (38 percent) of APJ respondents believe their “on-the-job” efficiency was negatively impacted by strict corporate IT policies and that they were less productive at solving work and business problems.
Also, with 71 percent of APJ respondents on average spending more time working outside of the office, they feel they could achieve more success at work when allowed to use their own devices and web-based applications.
“The post-PC era has driven technological advances and removed technological barriers to work productivity,” says Andrew Dutton, senior vice president and general manager, VMware Asia Pacific Japan. “Enlightened businesses today recognise this and are modernizing their IT policies; as a result, they can build more effective, more agile and ultimately happier organisations.”
Respondents in South Korea (96 percent), China (94 percent), Thailand (90 percent), Hong Kong (89 percent), Singapore (88 percent) and Malaysia (82 percent) recorded the highest incidence of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) to work among the 10 countries.
At varying levels, employees of all 10 countries (regional average at 63 percent) use non-corporate applications for work (communication, information access and business/social networking), with Thailand (79 percent), India (76 percent), and Malaysia (73 percent) reporting the highest rates.
Fifty-eight percent of APJ respondents also stated that they prefer to work for companies with corporate IT policies that permit personal choices of software and devices, signalling a shift in the technology savvy of today’s workforce.
Differing attitudes toward personal devices
Japan was the only country that stood apart from the general findings. It recorded the lowest percentage of personal devices in the workplace (22 percent), despite having one of the highest mobile penetrations in the world and a highly sophisticated workforce.
Japan is also one of the most resistant to offering IT support for personal devices (74 percent), and had the fewest number of workers working outside of the office.
“To be at the forefront of new IT, organisations need to revaluate IT policies and keep an open mind. As employees re-imagine the workplace, technologies such as virtualisation, cloud computing services and security will help companies adapt,” says Dutton.
Among the other countries, Australia (79 percent), Singapore (76 percent) and Malaysia (69 percent) saw IT departments not providing support for personal devices at work. South Korea (22 percent) and China (34 percent) are most accepting of personal device use at work.
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