Corporate India opening up to BYOD culture

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 23, 2012

Companies should consider more liberal corporate IT policies to cater to the new virtual worker, says a report from VMware.

Allowing employees to their personal smartphones, tablets and social media are actually making them more productive at the work place, as per a new report.

A new research titled New Way of Work Study 2012 commissioned by VMware, found that 77 percent of respondents are bringing and working on their personal device at the work place in India.

As per the findings, 82 percent of employees in India are provided with a portable device from their employer, and 77 percent still bring their own device to work to help them complete their tasks.

“With the growth of the smartphone and tablet market, the study indicates that corporate India may be seeing growth in the preference of employees for bring your own device (BYOD) practices,” said T Srinivasan, Managing Director, VMware India and SAARC. “The research results suggest that organizations may need to keep an open mind to allow for the change in the way their people want to work in the Post-PC era.”

The findings showed that the incidence of employees in India bringing their personal smartphones is 78 percent followed by laptops at 53 percent and tablets at17 percent. The research shows that a considerably high number of respondents are actually working outside the office, with 79 percent working from home and 53 percent on the road.

Of all respondents in India, 72 percent claimed to be more productive when they worked on devices of their choice and 70 percent claimed to be happier in their role when they were allowed to use a device of their choice. Sixty-six percent said that they find work less stressful when they have a choice of what IT tools they use, the report revealed.

Although respondents indicate that being able to use their own portable devices may help them do their work better, they report that their work environments are restricting their ability to do so. The research revealed that 47 percent of Indian workers felt their organizations’ current IT policies on using personal devices actually lowered their potential work efficiency.

The survey was conducted across 10 countries in Asia-Pacific, that included Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Japan and South Korea.