In January we launched the Future of Work campaign with the Globe and Mail, profiling Canadian businesses that are using technology to gain a competitive advantage and transform how they operate. While their stories are being shared, we also wanted to hear from you. So we are posting regular poll questions around today’s technology trends on the Globe and Mail website and sharing the results with you over the next few months.
Our first poll question asked you about your workplace’s bring your own device policy (BYOD) policy:
Does your employer have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy?
1) Yes, it allows devices to be used for business and personal (36%)
2) My work forbids us from using our own devices for work (27%)
3) I’m not sure (36%)
I was very encouraged to see “Yes” tie for the most votes in our first poll. This response echoes the results we saw in the first chapter of Cisco Connected World Technology Report in 2012:
- 90% young Canadians check their smartphones the moment they wake up
- 63% of respondents check their devices compulsively throughout the day, and when they aren’t making phone calls:
- 90% upload photos
- 87% check their Facebook
- 56% use their phone for Twitter
Obviously these devices are becoming an extension of us, and it’s great to see that one-third of Canadians can use the devices they are most comfortable on at work.
What is also clear however is that confusion exists among employees about whether they have a BYOD policy. The challenge will be for Canadian IT managers and administrators to give clear direction to employees on BYOD policies moving forward.
Why? Because as laptops, smartphones and tablets continue to become more engrained in all aspects of our lives, the workplace of the future must include policies that welcome devices of employees. The pervasiveness of these devices ensures that the issue of BYOD policy adoption is a matter of when, not if.
BYOD is just now becoming a part of popular debate among IT managers and business decision makers so it is not surprising to see a large number of respondents unaware of where their employer stands on this issue, but look for this number to drop drastically in the new few years.
Answer our current Future of Work poll question on the Globe and Mail website and check back soon for the results.