BYOD Trends, Millennials, Have Little Use for Desk Phones: Report
A new BYOD study found that 50 percent of workers would rather user their personal smartphone, even when sitting beside a desk phone.Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption rates are being driven upward by savvy workers, and "especially Millennials," who are all about "cutting the corporate cord," Ring Central said in a Nov. 14 report, announcing the findings of a commissioned Dimensional Research survey of 300 IT professionals. A great majority of corporate employees (86 percent) use their personal smartphones to get work done even outside business hours, the survey found. Further, half of the people polled said they'd prefer to use their personal phone, even when sitting next to a desk phone. "Mobility and BYOD are fundamentally changing business communications by allowing employees to communicate about work matters when, where and how they want—even during personal time," Ring Central President David Berman said in a statement. "Mobile devices are turning into true business tools and are transforming the workplace as a whole, from shifting traditional business hours to changing how employees interact via voice, video, text and other business applications," Berman added. "We believe that all these changes are making legacy on-premise phone systems obsolete, as they do not meet modern business needs."
The survey also found 70 percent of respondents to believe that office phones will eventually be replaced by mobile phones. Millennials were most inclined to believe this, with 74 percent saying desk phones were headed for File 13, versus 69 percent of Gen X-ers and 66 percent of Baby Boomers.