From FCW | June 9, 2013
Mobile device use among feds continues to increase, and these devices are becoming critical to mission success, according to a new study. But the increased connectivity may have its downsides.
Results from the study, which polled 300 feds from various civilian and defense agencies, were discussed July 9 at the Federal Mobile Computing Summit. The research was conducted by FierceGovernmentIT and Market Connections and published by FierceGovernmentIT.
“Mobile device use has definitely increased, and the way government employees consume information is changing, largely driven by the use of mobile devices to access the Internet,” said Monica Mayk Parham of Market Connections.
Of those feds surveyed, 82 percent felt mobile devices were critical to employees carrying out agency missions, and 81 percent said mobile devices increased productivity. Notably, 63 percent of feds said they are working more at home or after-hours because of their mobile devices – work they otherwise would have left until the next available business day.
On average, feds reported three extra hours of productivity per week due to using either their own or government-issued devices, with more than half of those surveyed claiming an additional five hours of weekly device-driven productivity.