RISE OF PER­SONAL SMART­PHONES IN THE SER­VICE IN­DUS­TRY HIGH­LIGHTS THE NEED FOR BRING YOUR OWN DE­VICE (BYOD) POLI­CIES

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A new study re­veals that more than half of ca­sual em­ploy­ees say their cur­rent role pre­vents them from max­i­miz­ing their full po­ten­tial at work. The re­search from WorkJam, a lead­ing dig­i­tal work­place plat­form, found that 61 per cent of frus­trated em­ploy­ees cited sched­ul­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion pain points as rea­sons for leav­ing. The study also found that the work­ers had lit­tle re­sis­tance to the idea of im­ple­ment­ing a Bring Your Own De­vice (BYOD) pol­icy at work.

The study polled over 1000 US-based hourly em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers across the re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity, lo­gis­tics, health­care, and bank­ing in­dus­tries to de­ter­mine sen­ti­ment around BYOD poli­cies. Re­sults showed that 57 per cent of mil­len­ni­als would pre­fer to use their per­sonal mo­bile de­vices to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion such as sched­ules and train­ing ma­te­ri­als. WorkJam also found that more than two thirds (69 per cent) of em­ploy­ees be­lieve that with the right mo­bile app, they’d have an eas­ier time pick­ing up shifts that ac­com­mo­date their sched­ules.

Ac­cord­ing to Steven Kramer, pres­i­dent and CEO of WorkJam, these find­ings should call at­ten­tion to the im­pact that im­ple­ment­ing a BYOD work­place pol­icy can have when it comes to build­ing a more en­gaged and pro­duc­tive work­force.

‘It’s never been more im­per­a­tive that em­ploy­ers put the power of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sched­ul­ing into em­ploy­ees’ hands,’ Kramer said.

A dig­i­tal work­place plat­form can help em­ploy­ers to boost em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity, in­crease trans­parency through­out the com­pany, and im­prove the em­ployee ex­pe­ri­ence by har­ness­ing the power of their per­sonal de­vices. For ex­am­ple, get­ting in touch with a man­ager is only a few taps away, and im­por­tant train­ing ma­te­ri­als can be ac­cessed whether the em­ployee is at home or work. This gives em­ploy­ees greater con­trol over their work-life bal­ance, boost­ing morale and low­er­ing in­stances of turnover.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions that make this in­vest­ment now can get ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion while en­hanc­ing cul­ture and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­creased ef­fi­ciency. ‘It’s no longer a ques­tion of whether or­gan­i­sa­tions should adopt a dig­i­tal work­place pol­icy,’ Kramer said. ‘It’s about when they should make the change.’

https://www.workjam.com/

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