Mobile workstyles have been adopted widely and rapidly because it offers a number of benefits.
- For organizations, workshifting - where people move work to more optimal times and locations - creates a more flexible, agile workplace (73 percent), lower employee-related costs (53 percent), reduce real estate costs (48 percent) and help attract (47 percent) and retain (44 percent) top talent.
- Employees benefit from workshifting with more flexibility (65 percent), increased personal productivity (62 percent), less commuting time (61 percent), and a better work/life balance (55 percent). It also helps them spend more time with customers (48 percent).
- The majority of organizations (83 percent) will use bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives to manage the growing number of devices that people use to access the corporate network. Employees will generally choose and purchase their own computing devices, with 76 percent of organizations reimbursing the employee in-part or fully.
- Eighty percent of organizations that have already implemented workshifting and BYOD have seen cost-related benefits as a direct result. Ninety-six percent of organizations implementing mobile workstyles will invest in redesigning the workplace to create a more inspiring, collaborative and flexible environment equipped with the latest technology.
- Organizations expect to reduce workplace space by seven percent within just two years, and 16 percent by 2020. Organizations that have implemented workshifting already have 15 percent fewer desks than those who have not implemented such a policy, helping to deliver real estate savings.
While driving the implementation of mobile workstyles, organizations have to ensure sensitive data is managed correctly. Sixty-five percent of organizations consider eligibility a key part of their mobile workstyles policy. Similarly, the key drivers for an organization to provide funding for BYOD are to ensure it retains a degree of legal and technical control over the device and the management of its data and to take advantage of potential cost savings by shifting procurement and maintenance to employees and contractors.Organizations are relying on multiple complementary technologies to manage their current and future mobile workstyle strategies. All enabling technologies are focused on the secure management of data and apps, including desktop virtualization and an enterprise mobility management as well as online file-sharing, meetings and collaboration services for a distributed workforce. Quote Mick Hollison, vice president, integrated marketing and strategy Citrix “Organizations are encouraging people to operate outside of the traditional workplace on their own personal devices to improve the bottom line – by making the organization more responsive, improving productivity and reducing the cost of real estate and device management. At the same time, organizations are investing in the space they have to create enticing workplaces that foster collaboration, innovation and creativity. The result is a stronger organization, with high caliber people performing at their best. The technology to enable the workplace of the future is already available and proven, and plans for workplace redesign can easily be put in place. The real winners will be those that get the people management and culture right, to empower the workforce of the future.” Methodological Notes: The research for the Citrix Workplace of the Future report was conducted independently by Vanson Bourne in August 2012, and is based on interviews with 1,900 senior IT professionals around the globe. The survey polled one hundred IT professionals across all industries from nineteen different countries including; Europe: France, Germany, Russia, Sweden the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; Americas: Brazil, Canada and the United States of America; Asia Pacific: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Three-quarters of respondents were from organizations of 1000 or more employees; one-quarter were from organizations of 500-999 employees.
- Whitepaper: The Top 10 Reasons to Embrace Workshifting
- Whitepaper: Workshifting: How IT is Changing the Way Business is Done
- Whitepaper: Desktop Virtualization: The key to embracing the consumerization of IT
- Whitepaper: Best practices to make BYOD simple and secure
- Blog: You're Mobile and We Know IT
- Citrix Solutions: Workshifting
- Citrix Solutions: Bring-Your-Own-Device
- Blog: Introducing Podio for iPad: The Most Complete Mobile Work Experience Ever
- Blog: Supporting Mobile Devices With New Tools From GoToAssist
- Announcement: GoToAssist Enhances Mobile and BYOD Support
- Announcement: Citrix Enhances ShareFile Cloud Data Sharing for Mobile Professionals
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