Thais prefers using personal devices in work places: survey
VMware Inc Friday announced that its survey has found that Thais like to use personal devices in their work places.The VMware New Way of Life 2013 study revealed that that the trend of using personal devices and mobility in Thailand are growing, Vmware announced in a press statement.
From the study, 83 per cent of Thais bring their own devices and use their choice of technology to work, and 76 per cent say it makes them more efficient, even when working outside of the office (78 per cent).
The study also found that the trend has an impact on personal lives of Thais. It found that 65 per cent of end users who responded to the study say they spend time working during holidays. Of those, 92 per cent use their own personal devices to get their job done while on vacation
The study was commissioned by VMware and conducted by Acorn Research in 12 Asia-Pacific countries/regions. 2,100 people were surveyed in total, and 150 respondents were from Thailand.
"Based on the data from across the region, we have re-titled last year's study from the 'New Way of Work' to the 'New Way of Life' to highlight the evolving work-style and lifestyle demands of employees in a Post PC era", said Dr. Chawapol Jariyawiroj, country manager, VMware Thailand and IndoChina.
"The results present a strong call to action for companies to adopt the technologies that enable a flexible IT policy, enhance employee productivity and attract talent - all whilst maintaining the security of corporate data as well".
The New Way of Life study reveals that one in two Thai respondents (52 per cent) value technological mobility in their role. The most common reason cited for choosing to use their own personal device to accomplish their work was because it is set up just the way they like them to be.
Consequently, employees say they are more efficient in completing their tasks (76 per cent) even when out of the office (78 per cent) when empowered to use their own devices to accomplish their work. The penetration of personally-owned smart phones (89 per cent) has also surpassed laptops (62 per cent), with over seven in ten (75 per cent) respondents owning more than one personal device.
In spite of these preferences, one in three respondents (34 per cent) say they do not have access to IT support to use these devices effectively in the workplace. In fact, 87 per cent of the respondents say their companies have strict IT policies that prevent them from connecting their personal portable device to the corporate network
"Thai workers are taking mobility matters into their own hands and using their own technology to increase work efficiency and job satisfaction levels," said Dr. Chawapol.
"From an IT point of view, there is more that can be done to support Thai workers and align IT projects with the business by giving them access to the systems that they need to be flexible."
Acknowledging their employers' concerns, respondents say key reasons for strict IT policies within their organizations include protection against computer viruses (73 per cent) and the company's interest/security (70 per cent).
As a result, 28 per cent of Thai employees said dealing with IT issues in the workplace is stressful and they find their own workarounds (69 per cent), or turn to Google for answers (57 per cent) on how to better integrate their personal devices into corporate IT infrastructures.
"I speak to CIOs and IT decision makers daily who say managing the challenges that arise from the influx of personal devices into the workplace can no longer be neglected. VMware is delivering the cloud solutions to empower organizations and IT to meet end-user demands in this new way of life," added Dr. Chawapol.
The 2013 study also continues to identify a strong link between IT freedom and job satisfaction. In fact, 81 per cent of Thais say they prefer to work for a company that is open to their choice of software and devices, and seven in 10 respondents deem such employers to be more progressive and dynamic.
"Today's millennial generation of mobile workers increasingly expect the flexibility to work in their own time, anywhere and from any device. We have also experienced instances when employees simply cannot get to the office, such as periods of flooding and unrest. If companies can enable employees to be more productive during this time by provisioning the applications they need to do their work on their choice of personal device, imagine the positive impact it could have on the bottom-line as well as talent attraction and retention," said Dr. Chawapol.