Opportunity for employee gadgets in workplace, says Virgin Media Business

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Research by Virgin Media Business shows employees increasingly want to bring their own gadgets into the office. 

Its survey of 5,000 businesses found 79% of retail employees suggested they have already brought gadgets from home into work and wouldn’t think twice about doing it again.

The findings follow news John Lewis has launched a bring-your-own-device scheme for management staff. 

However, despite the pressure from staff, 69% of retailers don’t currently offer a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scheme and don’t plan on introducing one. Over a third (37%) said security is the main cause for concern around employees using personal devices for work purposes.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business, said: “The line between consumer and business technology is now virtually non-existent. Employers are clearly uneasy about this, but technology that hasn’t been approved by the company is still flooding through the doors.

“Rather than introducing a blanket ban, savvy businesses like John Lewis are looking at how they can make personal devices secure enough for use at work. Our survey found nearly one in five (16%) companies already offer BYOD schemes, with a further 20% looking to follow John Lewis’ example in the future.

“The fact is not everyone works in exactly the same way and the same is true for interacting with technology. By working with their employees and their service provider, businesses can ensure the personal devices they see as potential security threats are no longer a risk in the workplace.”