Your Boss Wants You Using Smartphone, Doesn't Want to Pay for It

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's not that employers don't want their employees to bring mobile devices to work -- they just don't want them to pay for them.

About half of the companies where workers use their own phones provide partial reimbursement for them, according to a study last year from Gartner, while 38% of companies that provide cellphones to employees now plan to stop doing so by 2017.

According to the 2014 Employee Communications Satisfaction Survey from theCOMMSapp, a communication applications provider, 66% of employees who pay for their own phone say they use them regularly for work purposes.

Meanwhile, companies that build pricey corporate intranets or big social media operations aren't getting much bang for their buck from employee mobile users. According to the survey:

  • 82% of workers whose companies have an Intranet said they either have never tried to use it with their mobile device or find it difficult.
  • The same goes for 78% of workers whose companies have social collaboration networks.
  • 65% say that how their employer communicates with them affects their job satisfaction.

In arguing for the need for his company in the marketplace, Jeff Corbin, founder and CEO of theCOMMSapp, points to a recent Gallup survey showing 70% of the workforce say they "are not engaged in their jobs" -- a syndrome that costs U.S. businesses $550 billion every year.

By not engaging workers with smartphones -- only 29% of workers say their companies use apps to communicate -- companies are missing a big opportunity, Corbin argues.

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