Mobility, BYOD Benefit Federal Workforce: MeriTalk
Federal employees are unplugging from their desktops and using mobile devices to connect to work, but technological hurdles impede forward progress.Federal agencies and taxpayers benefit from a mobile federal workforce, but outdated infrastructure hinders mobile potential and productivity gains, according to the results of a survey by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT. The study, underwritten by data and storage networking solutions specialist Brocade, indicated federal employees are taking advantage of the flexibility mobility offers, with 81 percent of federal employees surveyed connecting to work remotely at least once a week, while 54 percent connect at least once a day, and 45 percent connect several times a day. "Federal employees are increasingly unplugging from their desktops and using mobile devices to connect to work," Anthony Robbins, vice president of Brocade’s federal division, said in a statement. "Not only is mobile connectivity what federal workers want, it can provide substantial productivity gains to federal agencies. Just as large commercial companies have been doing for years, agencies should enable mobile connectivity. They need to embrace the growth in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend by investing in and deploying modern infrastructure improvements that deliver seamless connectivity, improved access and increased speed of service." As a result of mobile access, 45 percent of federal workers say they work more efficiently, 34 percent say they feel more available to their team, 28 percent say they feel more tuned in, and 28 percent say they collaborate with colleagues more frequently.
Federal workers estimate they would gain an average of seven hours of additional productivity per week by having seamless remote connectivity and mobile access to their agency. The report said this equates to 364 additional hours of productivity or nearly $14,000 in productivity gains per federal employee per year.