THESE WERE the conclusions in a recent survey with more and more employees becoming tech-savy. Many are prefering to seek and share knowledge and information on the move by employing certain collaborative technologies like 3G mobile internet to communicate.
Industry body Assocham, while doing this survey, interacted with about 350 officers, executives and professionals employed in sectors such as automobile, banking and finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, real-estate, retail and others.
The survey was carried between May-July to ascertain the extent of usage of modern technology amid corporate employees in seven cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
About 190 of all the respondents said they do not require being in office to be productive as they carry their portable electronic devices such as smart-phones, iPads, tablets and other such devices to remain accessible to colleagues and clients. Most of these respondents also said they carry these devices in meeting rooms and find it comfortable to use their smart devices to take notes.
Ability to work on the go, being available 24x7 in event of any contingency and increased productivity were certain significant reasons cited by the respondents as to why they prefer using smart devices at work. Besides, many respondents even said this way they can save several hours spent on commuting.
About 300 respondents said they use at least one mobile device at work. About 170 of these said they use laptop while over 95 said they use smartphones and nearly 35 said they use their iPads, and tablets to carry out work-related tasks.
HR managers and officials in general administration departments of about 30 organisations said they had banned access to social networks and use of personal smart devices in their office premises fearing loss of productivity.
But most of these respondents said they are revisiting their policies in this regard - more so as they can benefit from networking and marketing potential of social media. With more and more young employees being well-acquanted with this medium of communication, they can cater to customers outside normal office hours.
Besides, majority of the remaining respondents said they are gradually adapting to this new model of business productivity and have allowed access to social media within limits to create greater employee motivation and empowerment at the workplace.
Many of them also said they are taking steps to implement mobile-data security measures and designing new software models to prevent loss of crucial data and maintain corporate security.
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