Research Slideshow: Mobile Mavericks and Wannabes: A Workplace Invasion?By Don Reisinger | Posted 03-01-2011
In 2010, 29 percent of respondents in North America and Europe worked outside the office "at least once a week;" 18 percent worked from home at least one time each week.
43 percent of respondents say their companies are thinking about supporting an increasing number of mobile apps for those who are outside the office.
When away from the office, employees are most likely to use e-mail, voice, and calendar applications, Forrester finds.
57 percent of respondents are considered "mobile employees."
Of these mobile workers, 25 percent "travel frequently and are often out of the office."
Workers who require mobile devices to do their jobs only account for 11 percent of all worldwide employees, Forrester says. That group is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6 through 2015.
"Mobile wannabes" made up 16 percent of the workforce worldwide in 2010, Forrester says. This segment is made up of desk-job employees who want to have mobile devices and be out of the office more often. They're typically Millennials.
"Mobile wannabes" will account for nearly 30 percent of the worldwide workforce by 2015, Forrester projects.
"Mobile Mavericks" - who buy their own smartphones and use whatever solutions they choose to get work done - accounted for 6 percent of the total workforce in 2010 according to Forrester.
Companies can expect to see the number of mobile mavericks in their workforce grow at a CAGR of 20 percent through 2015, Forrester projects.
In 2010, there were 375.4 million mobile workers worldwide, according to Forrester.
By the end of 2015, Forrester projects that there will be more than 649.1 million mobile workers around the world, representing 85 percent of the entire workforce.