Newer economies allow more high tech freedom at work

Wed Dec 7, 2011 8:19am EST
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By Georgina Prodhan

LONDON (Reuters) - Employees in fast-growing economies have more freedom over the technology they use for work than their counterparts in developed countries, and are more likely to see corporate provision of devices as a perk, according to a study.

The so-called consumerization of IT -- the migration into the workplace of technology that employees use at home -- is a global phenomenon but far more pronounced in China and Brazil than in Britain, France and the United States, the study found.

While 59 percent of employees in China said they could influence the choice of device they used for work, in Britain the figure was just 27 percent, according to the survey by market research firm TNS commissioned by PC maker Dell.

Two-thirds of workers in China were keen to use the same device for work and personal use, but just 29 percent in Britain were happy to do so. Workers in developed economies were more concerned to keep work and private life separate.

Britons, French and Brazilians were least likely to be able to relax after work hours -- 46 percent in each country said they could not. This was less of a problem in the United States, where 35 percent reported issues, and Mexico with 36 percent.

Overall, the private sector was found to be more open to consumer technology choices than the public sector, and small businesses more flexible than large enterprises.

"The developing world is much more aspirational about technology, sees it as much more than just a corporate tool, and has much more enthusiasm," said Stephen Murdoch, who heads Dell's large-enterprise and public-sector business in EMEA.

"That pervaded everything. We thought there would be much more interest from the more mature working environments. It was partly about being able to draw the line between work and home life," he told Reuters.   Continued...

<p>People work at a cafe in Taipei in this July 31, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Nicky Loh</p>