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Around the world with BYOD

Tom Kaneshige | Dec. 3, 2014
More than half of employees across the global bring a mobile device to work. However, when you look at individual countries, the results vary wildly in terms of ownership and adoption -- surprisingly, some tech-loving countries are lagging behind.

Born for BYOD
On the other side of the spectrum, gadget-loving countries make fertile ground for BYOD. Consumers buying up the latest gadgets will want to use them for work, too. Countries such as China, UAE and India are open to BYOD, according to the Dell study.

"Everyone's got to have the new version of the new tool, and people typically just fund those themselves," says Susan Lim, APAC head of workplace strategy at Jones Land LaSalle. "I see people walking around with multiple phones and tablets and all sorts of things that are not necessarily corporate issued. So, there is absolutely a demand for BYOD in this region."

In UAE, government organizations are embracing BYOD, while smartphones and tablets have begun replacing desktops and laptops, says Saeed Al Dhaeri, technology researcher.

Germany is perhaps one of the most interesting BYOD cases. While consumers love their gadgets, BYOD adoption has been slowed by legal hurdles, mainly concerning privacy and protection for a separate work-life culture that runs contrary to the blended work-life culture in the United States.

German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has called for an "anti-stress regulation" that would ban employers from contacting employees after hours, according to an NPR story. Employers already can't contact employees who are on vacation. A country culture of fixed work hours in the office won't lead to much demand for BYOD.

It's tough to measure and predict BYOD adoption given the many cultural factors that go into it. From government laws to consumer buying habits to workplace norms to a nation's views on privacy, the road to BYOD differs for every country.


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