Mobile device use when driving can cause massive risks for companies
April 16, 2013
Firms that allow employees to access the company's construction software in the cloud can maximize the output of each employee. However, using mobile devices while behind the wheel could turn out to be a higher risk than anything else, according to recent research conducted by Aegis Mobility, a provider of preventative distracted driver software.
Employees not allowed to use devices while driving
While companies want to get the most out of their employees whether they are in or out of the workplace, they don't want to put their staff members at risk. Nearly 70 percent of businesses that took part in the survey have policies against distracted driving, while 45 percent of existing employer policies prohibit the use all all device use, except hands-free. Forty-one percent of respondents don't allow the use of any smartphones and tablets while in transit and 12 percent prohibit texting, emailing and browsing.
"The year-over-year results of our survey show that fleet operators continue to recognize the serious risks associated with employee use of mobile phones while driving," said Paul Zimmerman, CEO of Aegis Mobility. "Further, the survey results show that employers lack confidence in current enforcement methods and seek technology solutions to automate compliance with mobile device use policies."
Companies must build a mobile device policy
Construction firms may be increasingly relying on smartphones, tablets and other devices to improve productivity within the company, but they should not be doing so without an all-encompassing mobile device policy. BizTech magazine cited research research from Gartner that showed 40 percent of the global workforce will be mobile in the upcoming years, creating the need for more defined policies and procedures for the use of digital gadgets on the job.
A few of the inclusions in mobile device policies would be acceptable use for using the devices, which web sites can be accessed and apps can be downloaded, as well as the security solutions that must be installed on employee smartphones and tablets.
"My recommendation is to take a step back and create an entire mobile strategy that replaces a series of Band-Aid solutions," Vizay Kotikalapudi, group manager for Symantec's enterprise mobility group, told the magazine. "Once you have the strategy in place, you can avoid always being in reactive mode."