Kensington Releases Results of 2016 Home Office Productivity Survey
Kensington, a manufacturer of desktop and mobile computing solutions for IT, business, and home office professionals, has completed a survey that dove into the productivity challenges that home office professionals face and what computing tools they use to help increase productivity. Kensington released the results of that survey this week.
Among the key findings, the survey found that smartphones have emerged as an “indispensable productivity tool” that helps professionals manage their business tasks when they opt to work from their home office. Just under half of the respondents (42 percent) said they pick up their smartphone at least 25 times during the workday. Kensington noted that the constant switch between the user’s smartphone and PC may become quite disruptive to their flow of work.
Further, the survey found that nearly two-thirds of respondents (63 percent) send files or photos between their phones and their laptop throughout the work week, with 86 percent relying on email to get that done and another 45 percent using text messages. This could potentially create problems for both the user and the business they work for, Kensignton said, as relying on third-party services with important business file transfers could expose those files to unintended viewers.
The study also showed that home-office professionals use their smartphones to accomplish a multitude of tasks, among them calls, texts, and emails (90 percent); keeping a calendar (79 percent); maps and GPS (70 percent); and taking and organizing photos (67 percent).
As for the challenges to productivity, nearly three quarters (74 percent) of home office users said that having limited space on their desk—27 percent they had no extra space at all—is a major contributing factor to loss of productivity in their home working environment.
Smartphone users who work from home offices noted which accessories they use to help them maximize their productivity. Around 90 percent said the charger is their most essential accessory. Kensington noted that accessories that combine charging and other productivity-oriented features could help users cut down on desktop clutter.
For additional insights from the Kensington survey, be sure to visit the company’s blog, download the full report, and check out their infographic, which is embedded below and available for download here.