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The growth of the mobile workforce is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. In fact, a recent study from Forrester, called "The Rise of Wannabe And Maverick Mobile Workers," reveals some startling new stats about the number of "undocumented" mobile workers in North America and Europe. Forrester defines "mobile wannabes" as those workers who are often at their desks and, therefore, are not considered by IT to be among the company's mobile workers. Forrester defines "mobile maverick" employees as those who use smartphones for work, but go outside of the corporate purchasing process by selecting and purchasing their smartphones and work-related mobile apps on their own. Combined, these two worker segments currently account for 22% of all employees; by 2015, they will grow significantly to 42% of all corporate employees, Forrester predicts. The report is based on data drawn from the Forrester Foresights Workforce Employee Survey, which had 5,519 respondents in the U.S. Canada France Germany and the UK

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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.



This article was originally published on 03-01-2011
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