Mobile workers work around the clock

Around 38 percent of mobile workers work before their
commute, 25 percent work during their commute, 37 percent work during lunch,
and 37 percent work at night each and every day, according to IPass, a provider
of mobility services for enterprises and service providers.

The report, which drew from the experiences of more than
3,100 mobile employees at 1,100 enterprises worldwide, also revealed that 75
percent of mobile workers work more hours due to workshifting.

More than half (55 percent) were working at least 10 or
more additional hours each week as a result of their more flexible schedules
and 12 percent were working 20 or more additional hours.

Overwhelmingly, mobile workers reported that workshifting
allows them to be more productive and efficient, with 79 percent reporting
increased productivity and 78 percent reporting increased efficiency.
Significantly, 64 percent of mobile workers also reported improved work/life
balance and more than half (51 percent) felt more relaxed because of flexible

47 percent of mobile employees work from home daily, 99
percent at least occasionally. 88 percent of mobile workers report working from
the road, 84 percent from a coffee shop, and 77 percent outside using a city-mesh
Wi-Fi at least on an occasional basis.

40 percent would like a more flexible work environment
even with 95 percent of employees stating that their employers currently either
encourage or tolerate workshifting.

If mobile employees do not get enough flexibility at
work, 33 percent stated they would seek employment elsewhere, 57 percent would
be less satisfied with their job, and 45 percent would feel less productive.

During vacation 97 percent of mobile workers stay
connected to technology (up from 93 percent in 2010). Nearly all (94 percent)
did so at least partly for work.

On vacation, 69 percent checked into work at least daily,
while 93 percent checked in at least weekly. 41 percent checked in multiple
times per day.

52 percent connected during vacation to make sure they
didn’t fall behind on work, weren’t overwhelmed upon return to work, or to
ensure completion of a work project.

“Even though mobile workers are putting in more
hours, we are starting to see the pendulum swing back to the center on
disconnecting, with 68 percent of mobile workers disengaging from technology
occasionally to spend time with their families. It appears that the mobile
workforce is getting a better hold on their work-life balance,” said
Barbara Nelson, chief technology officer at iPass.

The iPass Mobile Workforce Report is published quarterly
and based on a survey of more than 3,100 mobile enterprise employees at 1,100
enterprises worldwide between July 1 and July 15, 2011.

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