Feeds

Mobile working scuppers office romance

Where is the love?

The Power of One Infographic

Northern Ireland workers may end up asking 'Where's the love?', according to a new survey on mobile devices.

The study, by communications firm Damovo, found that the increasing use of devices such as laptops and PDAs is allowing people to spend more time working from home, reducing the chances for an office romance. "There is a strong possibility that romance in the workplace will disappear if people stop coming into the office," said John McCabe, managing director of Damovo in Ireland.

But while the rise of mobile devices might see Cupid joining the dole queue, the survey found that 87 per cent of workers said such devices have helped them improve the balance between their social and professional lives. The opportunity to work from home was considered the most desired benefit offered by mobility for 52 per cent of survey respondents, with another 29 per cent saying they would like greater flexibility to work outside the office.

"It is clear that more people and organisations are seeing the benefits mobility can bring," said Richard Taylor, Northern Ireland business manager with Damovo. "With increasing technological advances, people will be able to do more things with fewer devices, which will provide many businesses with a great opportunity to reduce costs, drive productivity and, most importantly, have a happy workforce."

The study asked 100 people working in the public and private sector in Northern Ireland about how they currently use mobile devices at work. The vast majority said these devices are very important to their work, with voice-calls being the most important mobile application.

In spite of the more widespread use of mobile devices, 51 per cent of respondents said they are still only using one device for work. "There's definitely room to progress this area of the market. I think the move to more combined devices will see people making greater use of mobile technology," said McCabe. "In the past, many employees would have needed a mobile phone, Blackberry and laptop. Now a mobile phone and Blackberry can work together on one device."

Damovo operates in ten countries worldwide and employs over 1,500 people. Its clients in Ireland include Enterprise Northern Ireland, AIB, and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Copyright © 2006, ENN

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.