Accommodating personal devices at work and other IT 'myths'

Many executives argue that allowing personal technologies in the workplace is not actually a strong recruitment or retention tool, according to a new report.

Although several reports in the last few months have posited that allowing employees to use personal devices in the workplace is becoming commonplace, this might actually be a myth, according to a new study published by Avanade, a business technology solutions and managed services provider.

Last month, Cisco published a survey that found many IT and HR departments have started considering encouraging the BYOD trend, among others, as competitive advantages when hiring young professionals, in particular.

Yet, Avanade's research has found that many executive respondents don't actually agree that allowing personal technologies in the workplace is a strong recruitment or retention tool.

Less than one-third of business leaders have changed their policies to make their workplace more appealing to younger employees, and only 20 percent said they believe allowing personal computing technologies in the enterprise will benefit recruitment and retention efforts.

Avanade’s global chief technology officer Tyson Hartman explained within the report that consumerization of IT has less to do with the employees themselves but more so with how they work.

"Our research shows that productivity and anywhere access are rated significantly higher by executives over improved employee morale or providing greater responsibilities to younger employees," Hartman added in the statement.

Earlier this week, Cisco released another report that found nearly half of IT managers and executives polled in six leading economies said they would never let employees bring their own devices to work.

Nevertheless, there are a few findings in the report that would seem to contradict the idea that businesses aren't giving up on the BYOD trend altogether.

At least 65 percent of C-level executives surveyed replied that the consumerization of IT is a top priority in their organization, and on average, companies are allocating at least a quarter of their IT budgets to manage IT consumerization efforts.

For reference, Avanade’s global survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, surveyed 605 C-level executives, IT decision makers and business unit leaders at top companies located in 17 countries across North America, Europe, South America and Asia between October and November 2011.