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Mobile workforce report highlights channel opportunity

Linda Endersby

iPass has published its 14th quarterly Mobile Workforce Report showing that mobile workers are using connectivity to be more productive over longer hours with over half of workers worldwide working more than 47 hours per week and most of the work done over Wi-Fi.

However the report also shows that poor connectivity, costly Wi-Fi and BYOD policies are still hampering this initiative.

Most mobile workers spend the majority of their business days within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot but 41% of workers said they lack wireless coverage at least 10% of their workday, equating to 251 lost hours, or more than a month of lost productivity, per year per worker.

"With so many mobile workers suffering from a least a month of productivity loss each year there is a clear problem that the channel can help to solve.” said Rene Hendrikse, VP EMEA, iPass. 

Hendrikse went on to say that resellers should be using this data to highlight the business case with customers for enhancing employee productivity by arming workers with smartphones, tablets and connectivity plans when travelling or working remotely.

"Although BYOD and Wi-Fi aren't everywhere, this survey indicates that mobile workers want access to reliable, cost-effective connectivity whenever and wherever they need to work.” Explained Hendrikse. “Resellers who help to provide their customers with this kind of connectivity will stand head and shoulders above the crowd."

BYOD policies add to productivity because they give workers freedom of device choice so they can work wherever and whenever they choose. 70% of all mobile workers now utilize company BYOD policies with over 35% saying the company policy can sway employment choices

"It's increasingly clear that forward-thinking IT departments are capable of dramatically enhancing employee productivity by arming workers with smartphones, tablets and connectivity plans when travelling or working remotely," said Evan Kaplan, CEO, iPass.

Kaplan continued, "Although BYOD and Wi-Fi aren't everywhere, this survey indicates that mobile workers want access to reliable, cost-effective connectivity whenever and wherever they need to work."


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