Growing Trend in Use of Private Devices in Irish Businesses
Published on: 3rd Dec 2013
Staff in a quarter of Irish businesses now use their own mobile phones and devices at work with managers expecting this proportion to increase in 2014 according to research commissioned by Three Ireland.
The research, conducted by the independent polling firm Behaviour and Attitudes, also showed that more than half of business owners/managers use their own devices. The survey of 350 Irish businesses, selected to reflect the different sized businesses in Ireland proportionately, showed that the traditional pattern of employees receiving standard handsets and devices from their employer is being eroded.
Some 19% of business managers now say they will encourage employees to use their own devices next year, while the company continues to pay the usage charges. "More and more employees are coming to their workplace and expecting to be able to access their corporate network with their own devices", according to Eoin MacManus, Business & Wholesale Director at Three.
"Employees have stronger preferences in relation to the device they want to use than ever before, and don't want to be forced to accept whichever device the company has selected", MacManus went on.
The research also found that 65% of businesses said they would shop around next year to seek better value from the mobile service provider.