Worker productivity increases out of office due to mobile technologies

Posted by Justin Hesser on July 3, 2012

Good Technology, a software company in California, conducted a survey of 1,000 adults that found that more workers in the United States are at least checking corporate emails after hours than ever before due to the rise in mobile technology.

According to the survey, 68 percent of workers check their work email before 8 a.m. and, specifically, the average hour that work email is opened is at 7:09 a.m. In fact, nearly 50 percent of workers will check their email while still in bed.

Also, 40 percent of respondents said they will still send work emails after 10 p.m. and 69 percent won't go to sleep unless they check their email first. Pushing the boundaries of work even further, 57 percent said they will check work emails while on family outings and even 38 percent say they routinely check work emails while at the dinner table.

"When it comes to supporting a 'bring your own device' environment, it's important to take an approach that ensures data security without compromising the employee's privacy or personal experiences," said John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy for mobile security software company Good. "By shifting their management focus from 'devices' to 'apps' and 'data,' enterprises can allow employees to get work done on the go whenever they want, and still keep personal information private, separate and safe."

One way companies can capitalize on the use of mobile devices and working after hours, is by consulting a FileMaker developer to implement the custom database software into operations, as well as the mobile version of the application – FileMaker Go. This can allow workers to not only check updated documents and information, but also upload their own and share among coworkers.