Aug 11, 2014
Comparing Public vs. Private Sector Mobility Strategies
While many private sector companies have adopted telework practices being advocated by President Obama for the federal workforce, 97% of government employees who telework say they have a formal telework agreement in place compared to just 56% for employees in the private sector, according to Mobile Work Exchange, an organization that promotes the benefits of mobility strategies and teleworking. As administrators strive to improve their mobility strategies, there are best practices that organizations in both the public and private sector can learn from one another. For instance, the study conducted by the Mobile Work Exchange analyzed the mobile device behaviors and practices of government and private sector employees. It found that government workers rate higher than their private sector peers in terms of safe mobile device usage. A mobile-first mantra being driven through many federal agencies underscores the productivity and business benefits that can be achieved by adopting and encouraging the use of enterprise apps. For instance, the U.S. Air Force has transferred its maps, charts, and manuals from paper to mobile apps on iPads which has reduced staff member hours once spent searching for maps by 90 percent while saving the armed forces branch $770,000 per year. One of the best practices that government entities can glean from companies in the private sector is how to set up an effective employee exit strategy. As employees carry sensitive corporate information on their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it’s important to have effective policies and technologies in place when an employee leaves the organization. The use of a mobile application management (MAM®) solution can be used to wipe sensitive data from an employee’s phone before they exit or if the device is lost or stolen without touching any of their personal apps. Companies in the private sector can also benefit from the approach to bring your own device (BYOD) taken by the State of Delaware. The “first state” jumped on the BYOD bandwagon early and obtained significant cost savings by having its employees turn in their state-owned devices and use their own devices instead.