Just 13 per cent of workers in businesses with no bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy are happy with their IT set-up, says a new report commissioned by IT service provider NG Bailey. The survey backs up mounting evidence that BYOD has become a staple of the modern enterprise's IT infrastructure.
Nearly a third (29 per cent) of participants who were able to use their own devices for work reported that they are "very satisfied" with their office environment, while as many as 57 per cent reported that the policy had had a positive impact on their productivity.
Overall, the study found that poor IT could be one of the main factors holding British workers back from achieving their full potential. Over two-thirds (67 per cent) of participating office workers say that poor IT holds them back from being productive.
The findings perhaps aren't particularly surprising. A recent study by IBM found that "employees are more comfortable with a personal device," with a surprising 83 per cent of users reporting that they "considered their mobile device more important than their morning cup of coffee." Perhaps more importantly, users of personal devices soon "become expert [at] using it — making them more productive."
There are other advantages too. "Personal devices tend to be more cutting-edge, so the enterprise benefits from the latest features," IBM claimed in its whitepaper. "Also users upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently." All of this can have a positive impact on overall business productivity.
What's surprising about the NG Bailey study is the astonishingly low levels of self-reported satisfaction among users working outside a BYOD environment - but perhaps even more so is the desperate lengths that most workers would be willing to go to in order to achieve a trouble-free IT environment.
Nearly half (44 per cent) said that they would sacrifice their Christmas party if it meant getting the perfect IT set-up, and seven per cent of 18-34 year old employees even said they would give up part of their salary.
According to the survey, UK office workers reported they could save an average of 4.3 hours a week, or 27 days a year, with the perfect IT setup. Two-thirds (67 per cent) say that poor IT regularly holds them back from being productive, with half (49 per cent) being held back once a week or more.
With BYOD gaining greater traction all the time, it's only a matter of time before lagging businesses catch up with the times.