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July 15, 2015

Blow for BYOD advocates as UK employees voice concerns

The majority want to keep private and corporate communications separate.

By CBR Staff Writer

Around 43% of UK employees use their personal mobile devices for work, with 80% preferring to keep their private and corporate communications separate.

The revelation was made by Tyntec’s international 2015 BYOD User Survey titled ‘Employees’ Choice for Mobility’, which highlighted that 30% of employees in the UK used their personal mobile for work related tasks, while 49% of employees in the US and Spain claimed that they just used only their personal phone for work.

Nearly 81% of the respondents in the UK, 74% in the US and 91% in Spain, prefer to have two numbers to switch between their personal and corporate communications.

According to Tyntec, corporate phones with virtual phone numbers can facilitate the switch, which will ensure privacy as well serve business purpose.

The survey also revealed that employees were concerned about reimbursement and privacy, with 54% of the respondents in the UK stating that they were concerned about having to pay for business use. 62% of those surveyed in the US raised similar concerns.

Only 34% of the organisations in the US have a formal BYOD policy followed by Spain with 25% and UK with 18%.

Tyntec co-founder Thorsten Trapp said: "BYOD is the new norm, and the sooner enterprises embrace sound BYOD policies and user friendly features, the sooner they can increase productivity and eliminate concerns from IT and its employees.

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"The use of virtual numbers accomplishes both sides of the BYOD puzzle. IT departments can ensure mobile governance over all communication devices and employees are granted separation."

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