The latest quarterly "Mobile Workforce
Report" from enterprise mobility services provider iPass
indicates how the latest generation of mobile and cloud computing
and telecommunications products and services can lead to greater
worker productivity. Telling of an innate human need for something
meaningful to do, it also indicates the impact ever more ubiquitous
network connectivity is having on people's lives outside
Sixty-one percent of mobile workers sleep with their smartphone,
43% within arm's reach, according to the report, for which iPass
surveyed more than 3,700 mobile workers across 1,100 enterprise
companies around the world. Thirty-eight percent wake up to check
their smartphone during the night and
35% check email first thing in the morning, even before getting
dressed or eating breakfast, according to the news release.
Twenty-nine percent of respondents said that their use of mobile
technology causes friction in their personal relationships.
Sixty-five percent of those who sleep with their smartphones within
arm's reach are more likely to check it during "downtime," and are
10% more likely to say that their smartphone usage causes friction
in their personal relationships.
is making mobile workers more productive, on the other hand.
"Mobile employees are taking advantage of being connected 24/7 to
help them be more productive at home and work - working an average
of 240 hours more a year," said Steven Wastie, senior vice
president marketing and product management at iPass. "While for
some this is not without relationship costs, the majority of mobile
workers are highly responsive, and ready to be engaged outside of
traditional office hours. Mobile technology helps their companies
stay competitive in a fast-paced and challenging business
According to the survey,
- The average mobile worker works 240 hours a year longer than
the general population.
- 94 percent of mobile workers have a smartphone. Forty-one
percent of mobile workers have a tablet, and an additional 34
percent of mobile workers intend to purchase a tablet in the next
- 87 percent of mobile workers that own tablets use their tablets
for at least some work. Among tablet owners, 27 percent have a
tablet provided by their workplace and 73 percent have a personally
- 58 percent of mobile workers who sleep with their smartphone
within arm's reach wake, at least occasionally, during the night to
check it, and 11 percent wake every night.
- Those living in Asia Pacific are the least rested with 55
percent of mobile workers waking at least occasionally to check
their smartphone or tablet, and 19 percent wake every night.
Europeans are the most rested with only 27 percent waking at least
occasionally, and 4 percent waking every night.