'Using personal handheld devices for work increases productivity' [Jordan Times, Amman]
(Jordan Times, The Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 14--SINGAPORE -- Businesses in Jordan can increase their employees' productivity by allowing them to use their handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones for work-related activities, according to experts at International Business Machines (IBM).
"Young generations of employees worldwide, including Jordan, appreciate mobility and being able to use their personal devices for conducting work when they are at the office or anywhere else," Pranatharthi Haran, ASEAN executive of web experience and social business at IBM Software Group, said in a recent interview with The Jordan Times.
"Studies show that allowing employees to use their personal devices increases not only their productivity, but also their job satisfaction, because if an engineer at a certain IT company is able to use his/her personal device for work it will be more convenient," he said on the sidelines of the IBM InterConnect 2013 conference, which concluded in Singapore on Friday.
Scott Hebner, VP for social business solutions at IBM, said allowing employees to use their devices for work-related activities increases interaction between the company and its staff and between the staff and customers, resulting in a better working experience.
"By allowing employees to access work e-mails, applications and systems through their personal devices, they will be reachable at anytime and they will enjoy the freedom of being able to work from anywhere," said Hebner.
According to statistics released by IBM, 81 per cent of employed adults use at least one of their devices for work activities.
Around 62 per cent of holders of tablets, smartphones and laptops use their devices to read and write documents related to work, according to IBM.
About 41 per cent of them use their devices to access work-related apps.
Referring to companies' fears that allowing employees to use their personal devices for work might result in security infringements, Hebner said: "There is no excuse at this stage for not allowing employees to use their devices for work activities".
"There is no [reason] for any fear or concern... as there are enough IT solutions that are capable of preventing any security breaches."
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