BMO survey reports 64% use phones or tablets to run their businesses.
TORONTO — More than half of Canadian employers (57%) are relying on mobile technology – such as a smart phone or tablet – to do their jobs effectively, according to a BMO Bank of Montreal survey.
Business owners are also becoming more reliant on mobile technology, with two-thirds (64%) using it to run their organizations. And 30% of decision makers report they could not do their job without their mobile device. Still, 10% of business owners do not rely on a mobile device at all.
Thirty-nine per cent of business owners provide their employees with all or most of their mobile devices while 38% report their employees use personal devices at work.
Companies weigh the considerations of upfront investment in equipment, security concerns and compatibility issues before deciding whether employees should be provided with a company device or whether they should bring their own.
Business owners in Ontario (69%) and BC (68%) are the most reliant on mobile devices to run their companies.
Half (50%) of the companies in Quebec provide mobile devices to their employees, compared to one-third (33%) of those in the Prairies.
Companies in the Prairies (47%) and BC (44%) were the most likely to bring their own device to work.