67 percent of Asia Pacific employees work from home

Sixty-seven percent of employees work from home, according to the VMware New Way of Life 2013 study

Sixty-seven percent of employees work from home, according to the VMware New Way of Life 2013 study that shows the use of personal technology is eliminating the boundary between separate work lives and personal lives.

Findings of the study are based on a research conducted by Acorn Research across 12 Asia-Pacific countries/regions. Survey respondents are happier and more efficient at work, if they are able to use their own technology to get their jobs done.

Sixty-one percent of employees are working while on holiday and 80 percent of employees will use their personal devices or a combination of personal and a work-issued device for business purposes when working remotely.

Ninety-seven percent of companies are aware that employees are bringing personal devices to work. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents said that the use of personal devices has not affected their ability to switch off.

"Evidently, the high penetration of smart devices in Asia Pacific is transforming the way people live and work. The connection between work and personal lives is being redefined and what was once considered an intrusion of personal time, such as a late night conference call on your personal device is now becoming an accepted norm," said Andrew Dutton, senior vice president and general manager, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan.

Improving efficiency of workforce

Eight out of 10 respondents own more than one device, and personal technology has made a significant contribution to the efficiency of today's workforce.

Seventy-two percent of the respondents said personal technology makes them more efficient in completing tasks and 75 percent allows them to stay productive even when they are out of the office.

Sixty-three percent of employees agreed that using their own choice of applications has helped with problem solving at work and 57 percent has reduced work stress with these solutions.

Sixty-nine percent of employees take it upon themselves to trouble-shoot issues while 63 percent turn to search engines such as Google instead of their IT department.

"The number of employees who are attempting to solve their own IT issues should be a cause for concern for businesses, as it exposes the company to security and compliance risks," said Dutton. "Companies should consider implementing more flexible IT policies and implement an IT infrastructure with device management tools that can enable employees to work freely and securely from any device, and at any place."

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