Insights from the Evolving Workforce Research program, which includes feedback from 8,360 workers worldwide and 29 interviews with global experts and senior business leaders, indicate that business leaders see the consumerization of IT - including greater employee input in IT provision, bring-your-own-device initiatives and workplace flexibility - as a way to generate additional employee productivity and loyalty. However, while there is growing awareness among organizations that greater flexibility in employee technology choices can enhance productivity, the research also shows that organizations are still grappling with the security challenges and threats this can present.
With a shift towards increased technology choice and mobility occurring over the past three to five years, companies today are striving to better understand the value of creating IT infrastructures which support digitally savvy workers who do not adhere to 9-to-5 routines. By increasing technology choices for the workforce, employees are able to select solutions that suit their preferences and therefore optimize their outputs. But as the report outlines, greater choice in technology and IT decisions gives rise to concerns around established workplace security protocols, namely security risks such as hacking and data loss.
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