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Mobile connectivity could net Feds productivity gains

Kenneth Corbin | Aug. 21, 2013
Federal managers are warming to the benefits of mobilising the government workforce, though frustrations about network connectivity and security procedures persist, according to a new survey.

The respondents cite numerous benefits from remotely connecting with mobile devices, including 45 percent who say they work more efficiently outside the office, 34 percent who say they feel more available to their team, and 28 percent who say mobile devices help them collaborate more frequently with their colleagues.

The authors of the report acknowledge that the notion of mobilizing a workforce is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and derive their estimate of seven hours of additional weekly productivity as a composite that accounts for different profiles of workers. They identify one class of "curmudgeons," for instance, who prefer to work in an office, and whose productivity would likely only increase by four hours with a seamless connection.

At the other end of the spectrum are the so-called "office wanderers," those employees who thoroughly embrace mobile collaboration. A seamless connection would increase their weekly productivity by 10 hours, the authors conclude.


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