Employers 'see the benefits of giving staff mobiles'

26 March 2009 — 2:00 PM

Staff could be better served by having constant access to a mobile

Employers are increasingly happy for their staff to conduct business on the move with the latest mobile phones, a new report suggests.

The Future Mobile Enterprise: Forecasts, Markets & Devices 2009-2014 report, put together by Juniper Research, shows more wireless activity is taking place across companies than ever before.

It was estimated this tendency to engage in "unwired enterprise" is due to the cost-effectiveness and productivity that allowing employees access to the latest contracts provide.

Report author Andrew Kitson commented as long as companies are sure the devices they provide staff are secure, mobile phones and internet facilities may prove beneficial.

"Enterprises need to be assured of total control over the devices their employees use," he said "There are upfront cost issues involved, but the greater cost lies in compromising on security features."

The news could inspire firms to consider recycling mobile phones that have been issued to staff in favour of newer, more business-focussed contracts.

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