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BYOD Adoption is Strong, But Employers are Behind
One of the most important trends in wireless is employees using their mobile devices for work – a phenomenon known as BYOD, or "bring your own device." But according to new research from telecom-Web convergence specialist tyntec, businesses have been slow to respond to this trend. Six in 10 employees of large business enterprises in the U.S. (61 percent) said they use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, according to tyntec's "BYOD User Survey 2015: Employees' Choice for Mobility." Yet just one-third (34 percent) of employers have set policies governing the use of personal mobile phones and other such devices, said U.S. respondents.
Tyntec surveyed enterprise employees in the U.S., the U.K., and Spain who perform half or more of their work tasks on mobile phones.
Behind BYOD Adoption
Employees have a variety of concerns about BYOD, according to tyntec. BYOD employees expressed moderate to extreme concern regarding getting reimbursed for mobile charges for business purposes, including 62 percent of U.S. respondents.
Employees also expressed concern about the privacy of BYOD use, more specifically the potential for their employers to access their private messages. Six in 10 U.S. survey respondents (62 percent) said they're concerned about such privacy issues.
"BYOD is the new norm, and the sooner enterprises embrace sound BYOD policies and user friendly features, the sooner they can increase productivity and eliminate concerns from . . . employees and IT," tyntec co-founder and CTO Thorsten Trapp was quoted in a press release.
"The use of virtual numbers accomplishes both sides of the BYOD puzzle. IT departments can ensure mobile governance over all communication devices and employees are granted separation. All that is required is for employees to install their corporate app enabled with virtual phone number, and simply switch to the app for work related communications."
At 37 percent, accessing email was the most common task for which U.S. survey respondents said they use their mobile device.