If you are a person who carries your iPhone, iPad or Android around and uses it to check your work email or calendar whenever you get notification, you might be putting in extra hours of work every day without even noticing it because you are not being paid for it.
According to the recent quarterly Mobile Workforce Report by iPass, an enterprise WiFi access firm, many employees of companies that adopted the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are putting in up to 20 hours of extra work per week without receiving overtime pay. In this connection, one-third of mobile enterprise workers never fully disconnect from technologies used at work during their off-hours.
The iPass report, which is based on a survey of 1,200 mobile workers worldwide, also showed that only 8 percent disconnect completely from work while on vacation.
But what is surprising is that according to the report, 92 percent of mobile workers enjoy their job flexibility and are contented with working longer hours.
Rene Hendriskse, VP of iPass, said.,”BYOD is effectively turning us into a generation of productive workaholics, with many workers seemingly happy to work during their downtime in exchange of flexibility in how and where they work.”
But iPass warned that there is a price for this flexibility the mobile workers enjoy. These employees run the risk of shouldering their own mobile data bills. In fact, it was stated in the recent report that there is already a six percent increase in the number of workers paying this tab.
Besides BYOD, the poll also covered the growth of video communications in the mobile workplace. In the report, there is a 67 percent increase in the number of workers using video conferencing or video chat applications as compared to the 2011 survey results.
Seventy percent of employees use Skype as their first preference for their video communications needs. The second preference is the Cisco platform, which is picked by 36 percent of the respondents. The third is Apple’s FaceTime with 29 percent, and fourth is Google’s Gmail video chat with 13 percent.
For the companies that are thinking of implementing the BYOD policy, they should put extra effort in setting up good security measures on their work data. According to the survey, 19 percent of mobile workers said that their firms did not require security on their smartphones or tablets to access work data.
In this Digital Age, data can make or break an enterprise.