Can you BYOD to work? Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians believe they can

Fifty-nine per cent of Canadian employees believe they are allowed to use their own personal device for work, according to a joint study by Dell and Intel.

That’s only the workers’ perception of BYOD practices allowed in theirworkplace, however, not necessarily a reflection of whether suchpolicies or rules have been put into place by their companies. Thestudy surveyed 8,360 employees around the world to assess trends aroundthe consumerization of IT.

Canadian employees also believe that BYOD will become even moreprevalent in the workplace as time goes on.

“More than two-thirds of Canadians believe this will describe theirsituation in ten years time,” the report states, adding that thisbelief is more popular among younger workers (70 per cent of workersaged 18 to 34) than older ones (57 per cent of workers aged 45 to 64).

Forty per cent of Canadian workers value interoperability of devicesmost, compared with 36 per cent who say their top wish is to have asingle device that meets all oftheir work needs.

“The lines between personal and professional are likely to becomeincreasingly blurred, with workers using the same devices for bothaspects of their life,” the report concludes. “The number of differentdevices is expected to proliferate and IT departments and vendors needto address an increasing need for interoperability.”

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