How we use technology at work

South Africa’s office workers spend nearly an hour a day working on their mobile devices despite having access to more powerful computers.

This is according to a survey of 12,000 office workers by office space and furniture consultancy, Inspiration Office. The survey quizzed South African office workers on their technology preferences in the workplace.

When asked which mobile device was most needed for work, 52% said a smartphone while 38% said a tablet.

The survey also asked about workers’ preferred operating system. When it came to desktop computers, 80% said they preferred windows while only 11% preferred MacOS, Apple’s desktop operating system.

When asked the same question about laptops, 79% said they prefer Windows while 15% preferred Apple’s operating system.

On smartphones however, 41% prefer Apple’s iOS operating system to Google’s Android at 50%. For tablets, Apple comes top at 49% compared to Android’s 37%.

When asked which were the ‘most important IT features’, 73% said remote access, 50% said high performance machines, 44% said an ability to access applications offline while 32% said some sort of protection for their devices against weather and/or dirt.

People were asked about something every office worker has strong views on: IT Support. The survey asked people where they turn to for IT support: 35% said the IT help desk, 21% simply googled the problem while 13% asked colleagues.

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