Smart Phones Helping to Move Business from the Boardroom to the Bathroom
Published on: 26th Aug 2010
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Samsung Mobile has published the results of a new online survey that showed working Americans who own smart phones are breaking old boundaries on when and where it's appropriate to make and take business calls. According to the results, these professionals conduct their business far, far away from the office setting including while on vacation, the bathroom, during a date, at church or even during sex.
Respondents admit the need to stay connected and productive with their jobs led them to take their business calls into more private settings than ever before, such as a trip to the bathroom or during an intimate moment with their significant other. Close to three quarters (72%) were comfortable taking calls in the commode, while at least one out of every ten people came clean about doing business over the phone at a funeral (16%) or in the throes of passion (10%). Other taboo business calls have taken place in the middle of the night (59%), during a date (38%) and at church (32%).
Other surprising, but less salacious survey results determined the following business behaviors:
The Great Communicators
Given that 78 percent of smart phone using office workers consider their smart phone a critical part of everyday business, it's no surprise that an overwhelming majority (89%) believe it's important to be readily available to colleagues, supervisors and clients at all times, even after business hours. In fact, almost eight in ten (79%) immediately respond to a work email on their smart phone regardless of time of day.
Leave Your Computer Behind
According to survey findings, nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents say that their dependency on their smart phone has reduced the frequency they use an office computer or laptop. Four in ten (40%) also claim they feel most productive working from a smart phone outside the office, rather than at a desk on their computer. Consequently, nearly a third (32%) see their smart phone as more important than their desktop or laptop computer. In fact, 51 percent turn to their smart phone to work on projects instead of their computer, even if their monitor is within reach.
As the smart phone continues to increase in prominence in today's mobile world, 29 percent of survey respondents say they can envision the day that office computers become obsolete, with smart phones taking their place. More than seven in ten (71%) office workers with smart phones think companies should automatically supply the phones, rather than laptops, to all employees free of charge.
The survey, commissioned by Samsung Mobile, was conducted by Kelton Research and included 503 Americans ages 18 and older who own a smart phone and work in an office.