Employees Increasingly Demand Mobile Workplaces
Business leaders recognize the benefits of a mobile approach include employee retention, productivity and cost savings, Aruba's survey found.Seven in 10 (70 percent) IT professionals are under increasing pressure to deliver and support an all-wireless workplace from their top executives and employees from the mobile generation who are demanding greater flexibility and better collaboration, according to a global survey from Aruba Networks. Just more than half (51 percent) of global organizations saw a rise in mobile or remote working last year and 77 percent noted an increase in employees of the mobile generation using mobile devices for work during the past year. The results suggest the debate about how to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies is becoming a thing of the past as 58.7 percent of IT professionals said their company has already fully embraced employee BYOD or implemented new policies to support it. "New technologies and new ways of doing business are irreversibly transforming the way we design offices as well as the way we fundamentally think of work spaces," Chris Sanderson, The Future Laboratory co-founder, said in a statement. "Cloud-based technologies and the increased use of mobile devices as our work tools of choice are ushering in a new social, cultural and corporate paradigm where workplaces are more federated and collaborative, less hierarchical and increasingly less location-specific, as more of generation mobile employees clock in by logging on."
To support top executives and the mobility demands of the current generation, 71.1 percent of IT departments increased their investment in WiFi, while another 46 percent were granted increased budgets for future mobility projects.