by apprisedev | May 26, 2015

human resourcesOn-site, mobile and remote workers struggle to stay engaged at work when outmoded technology disrupts workflow and impedes productivity, according to a survey released May 18 by theEMPLOYEEapp.

The New York-based tech company’s study, ‘‘2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace,’’ which features a survey of more than 200 U.S.-based workers, found a direct correlation between employee engagement, efficiency and the ability to easily access company information via mobile devices.

Sixty-two percent of employees said that easy access to company information directly affects job satisfaction, and about half (51 percent) said they are more productive when they are able to do so through a mobile device. Forty percent of respondents said they don’t work in a traditional office setting, and 55 percent indicated they travel for work.

Jeff Corbin, founder and CEO of theEMPLOYEEapp, told Bloomberg BNA in a May 19 e-mail that the survey suggests that when it comes to using mobile devices at work, employers really need to think about their workforce not as employees, but as consumers.

‘It’s all about the end-user experience. If employees have a difficult time using their mobile device for work-related purposes, this can make them less productive and efficient,’’ he said.

To stay connected to the workplace, about half (49 percent) of survey respondents said they use mobile devices, and over one-quarter (28 percent) said they use tablets. That said, 41 percent of surveyed workers indicated they are unable to access company documents and information from their mobile device and 36 percent said they had trouble easily accessing company documents outside of the office or are unable to do so at all.

Corbin said that poor mobile integration will lead some employees, ‘‘especially those in the millennial generation, to potentially view their employers as behind the technology curve.”


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