There’s no stopping workers from owning smart devices, but there is reason to be cynical of smartphones’ touted benefits BY HRM 05 Feb 2014 Share Whe n workers try to get more done on their smartphones at night, they’re more likely to be less productive the following day. It’s a risk a Michigan State University scholar has identified from a study surveying hundreds of workers both at management levels and below. Colleagues who monitored their phones for business purposes after 9pm were consistently exhausted and less engaged at work the next day. Smartphones had a more intensely negative effect than televisions, laptops, and tablets when it came to disrupting sleep. “There may be times in which putting off work until the next day would have disastrous consequences and using your smartphone is well worth the negative effects on less important tasks the next day,” he said. “But on many other nights, more sleep may be your best bet.” And if you think your company won’t be affected by this modern-day phenomenon of bringing work home, the statistics show otherwise. “While adoption still varies across companies, trending data shows the entire bell curve moving upward, with 12% of companies reporting an 80-100% mobilization,” said Brian Reed, chief product officer at BoxTone, which surveyed enterprises for mobile use. “Clearly, there is a maturation of mobile deployment in the workplace, where it’s moved from the pilot stage to crossing the threshold into more mainstream adoption. The 2013 survey found that: 17% of companies said less than one fifth of their workforce would have mobile devices for work by the end of the year 25% of companies said 20-40% of their workforce would be mobile connected by the end of the year 22% of companies said 40-60% of their workforce would be mobile connected by the end of the year 23% of companies said 60-80% of their workforce would be mobile connected by the end of the year 12% of companies said more than 80% of their workforce would be mobile connected by the end of the year You might also like: Mobile strategies the only option All a-twitter about personality Why your employee surveillance system probably won’t work You've reached your limit - Register for free now for unlimited access To read the full story, just register for free now - GET STARTED HERE Already subscribed? Log in below LOGIN Remember me Forgot password?