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BYOD Workers Are Working An Extra 20 Hours Per Week Unpaid

On the heels of my earlier post about who should pay for the BYOD (bring your own device) trend comes a new iPass Mobile Workforce Report that tells us BYOD employees are working an extra 20 hours per week unpaid. Maybe BYOD should stand for "be your own demise"?

The report is based on a survey of 1,200 "mobile enterprise workers" and proceeds to throw us a curve ball: Employees don't mind putting in all of this extra, non-paid time because they get more flexibility in return! Hello? But wait, there's more! Nearly one-fifth of the employees iPass surveyed (18%) are footing their own mobile data bills this year compared to 12% last year. Have smartphone, will put in loads of extra, unpaid work time while paying for your own work-related calls, emails and text messages.

In addition, iPass reports that 43% of mobile workers have incurred an expensive data roaming bill in the last twelve months. Damn you, data roaming!

Of course, the Millennials who are driving the BYOD trend think BYOD is almost as awesome as they think they are, but the Millennials don't know very much yet because they're young, and when you're young, you're very idealistic, which means you don't know very much yet. Someday, they'll look back at aaaaaaaall of the uncompensated work time they put in during their 20s and think: "I should have been paid for that! And why wasn't the employer paying for my work-related calls, emails and text messages?"

Shh! Let them figure it out in their own, sweet, decades-worth of future 401(k) planning time, where $20 in reimbursed phone charges yesterday could have been worth a nice stock dividend today. Being humbled on occasion can be a good growth experience.

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