Federal Agencies Invest $1.6 Billion in Mobile Workforce
More than two-thirds of survey respondents said they believe employees are more productive today because they have access to mobility solutions.Since the launch of the Digital Government Strategy initiative, the federal government invested $1.6 billion in mobilizing its federal workforce, according to a report commissioned by VMware and Carahsoft. The majority (56 percent) of federal IT managers believe their agency is taking full advantage of mobility, indicating while some agencies are on the path to graduating into the digital world, some are still struggling. Respondents reported that security concerns (47 percent), available funding (38 percent), culture (25 percent) and procurement (25 percent) were the top mobility obstacles. "Federal agencies are taking more and more steps towards graduating to the digital world, but are not quite yet at their full potential," Cindy Auten, general manager of the Mobile Work Exchange, said in a statement. "With reported gains in COOP, employee productivity, and overall efficiency, it builds the business case for agencies to invest in mobile technologies. As agencies look to the future, they must continue to invest in these technologies if they want to save in the long run."
Nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) of HR managers, comprised of chief human capital officers and telework managing officers, said their agency has experienced a positive return on its telework investments.