Electronic device damage in the workplace costs Britain over £1bn every year says study

A new study has revealed that UK enterprises wasteover £1 billion every year replacing damaged technology, with smartphones the most likely electronic device to be accidentally broken.

Over 1,000 office workers were polled by Cambridge-based Plastic Logic, with the research commissioned by the robust plastic display manufacturer finding that a quarter of employees - 24 per cent of those surveyed - had damaged a contraption at work.

Intelligent mobiles like the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 were the most likely to be damaged, accounting for 63 per cent of breaks, while tablets like the Nexus 7 made up a tenth of accidents.

The most damage caused to devices (26 per cent) resulted from desk jockeys dropping them, while worker's waistlines are also partly to blame: some 14 per cent of devices were left unusable because they were sat on. Spilt drinks like coffee were another offender, proving deadly to one in ten devices.

"It really is surprising how accident prone people can be with their work equipment. In today's economic times, businesses simply cannot afford repeated breakages of expensive electronic devices and the subsequent impact on employee productivity," said Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Plastic Logic.

Ironically, IT workers and eningeers were the most clumsy with their tech, with over a quarter – 28 per cent – working in this sector saying they had cracked their smartphone displays.

Age was another distinguishing favour, with younger employees considerably more haphazard: over 50 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds reported having damaged a work-provisioned device.

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