A 2020 study found that on average, workers waste 8 hours/week on non-work activities, mostly on their mobile devices.
Now calculate the average hourly pay of your business, multiply that by eight, then multiply that answer by fifty-two and you get the money your business is paying each staff member each year to do nothing on company time.
Now multiply that number by the number of employees – and don’t forget to include yourself – and you get the dollar figure your business is wasting each year on unproductive time. Most of it is wasted checking personal emails and social media on mobile phones.
So, what should you do? Ban phones in the workplace, and fire people caught receiving personal calls?
You might have to fire yourself!
And does that calculation tell the whole story about mobile phone use in the workplace?
Of course, there are workplaces where a “no mobile phone” policy makes complete sense. For example, factories and worksites where workers may be around dangerous equipment or need to all be working at a fast pace all the time. Or medical operating theatres where the environment must be distraction-free as well as spotlessly clean.
But for some businesses, banning mobile devices may be causing fewer problems and lost productivity than you think. Making mobile devices MORE available in the workplace could improve productivity.
Make sure you are sitting down because the facts you are about to read may just blow your mind!
- There are over 27.1 billion devices connected to the Internet – more than three devices for each person on the planet. [Cisco, 2021]
- 22 billion people (66.6% of the global population) use a mobile device. [Datareportal, 2021]
- 97% of Americans own a cellphone, with 85% owning smartphones and 53% own tablets. [Pew Center for Research, 2021]
- More people use mobile to access the internet than a desktop. [Comscore, 2018]
- 15% of American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users – they do not have home broadband. [Pew Center for Research, 2021]
What do those facts tell you? Mobile devices are here to stay, and their use is only increasing.
What about mobile devices at work?
Today’s employees rely heavily on mobile devices at work. Here is how employees are currently using their mobile devices in the workplace.
- The average mobile worker works 240 hours a year longer than the general population. [iPass, 2017]
- 84% of mobile workers have checked their smartphone in bed, while 72% admit to having checked their smartphone on the toilet. [iPass, 2017]
- More than half of mobile workers say that a lack of Wi-Fi when working remotely would negatively impact their ability to do their job. [iPass, 2017]
Mobile productivity statistics
How are mobile devices affecting productivity in the workplace? This is what happens when employers give their workers mobile phones.
- 75% of workers say their smartphones make them more productive. [Google, 2017]
- 97% of the users say productivity apps are the most dominant kind of apps on their smartphones. [GoodFirms, 2019]
- 82% of IT executives said smartphones are incredibly important to employee productivity. [Samsung/Oxford Economics, 2018]
- 64% of leaders say technology investments have led to gains in productivity. [Celerity, 2020]
- 53% of executives said apps improve business processes and increase productivity. [Apperian, 2016]
BYOD & mobile app statistics
Given the potential of mobile devices to increase productivity, businesses are asking employees to use their own devices at work and providing them with business apps.
- Only 26% of U.S. companies provide employees with mobile phones — the lowest number for any country. [Steelcase, 2016]
- 87% of companies expect their employees to use their devices for work purposes. [Syntonic, 2016]
- 72% of companies have a bring your device (BYOD) policy. [Tenable, 2016]
- 80% of IT executives said employees cannot do their jobs effectively without a mobile phone, and 75% said mobile devices are essential to workflows. [Samsung/Oxford Economics, 2018]
- Businesses with BYOD policies pay employees a stipend of $30 to $50/month to use their mobile phones. [Samsung/Oxford Economics, 2018]
Mobile security statistics
With more employees accessing business data from personal mobile devices, security is becoming a major concern.
Without appropriate security software installed, personal mobile devices could easily expose businesses to threats from hackers and noncompliance with security mandates.
- 67% of respondents reported that remote workers’ use of personal mobile devices negatively impacted their organization’s security. [Ponemon Institute/Keeper Security, 2020]
- 55% of respondents say smartphones are their biggest security headache. [Ponemon Institute/Keeper Security, 2020]
- Fifty-seven percent of technology executives worry about the security of non-managed devices. [Apperian, 2017]
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