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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.’

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