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Is work invading your personal computer?

  1. 1. GovLoop Survey Results Report 2011 HP Survey: Is Work Invading Your Personal Computer?HP recently partnered with GovLoop to assess the usage of personal computers for work related tasks and givereason to this growing trend among employees. Is personal space becoming the work space?GovLoop is the largest social network for members of the government community with nearly 50,000 members.A survey was distributed on GovLoop during the month of October 2011. We wanted to share the end resultsand conclusions from the survey.1. Do you use your home computer (desktop or laptop) for work activities? What limitations or advantages doyou think this would create?The majority of respondents stated that they use their home computers for work activities. Respondents whoanswered “yes” to this question were also asked to explain what limitations or advantages they have seen byusing their home computer for work activities. Most respondents said that they have seen potential issues withsecurity and that the need to download additional software to their personal computer is a limitation. On theother hand, using a home computer for work allows an employee to work from anywhere, and use anysoftware, websites, or applications that they want in order to do their job. Yes, I frequently use my home 17% computer for work activities (5 29% or more times a week) Yes, I sometimes use my home computer for work activities (less than 5 times a week) 54% No, I never use my home computer for work-related activities2. Has your use of home computer (desktop or laptop) for work activities increased or decreased over the pasttwo years? 28% Increased 72% Decreased [Type the company address] Page 1
  2. 2. GovLoop Survey Results Report 20113. What are the main reasons that youre using a home computer (desktop or laptop) for work activities (e.g.,increased efficiency, convenience, etc.)?Respondents use a home computer to perform work activities for various reasons. 32% feel that using apersonal desktop or laptop is more convenient and 28% feel more efficient when using their home computer forwork activities. Other reasons included the ability to telework and the ability to use whichever operating systemor software they prefer. 35% 32% 28% 30% 25% 20% 13% 15% 10% 10% 7% 6% 4% 5% 0%4. Do you think that you could use your home/personal computer full-time at work? 58% No 42% Yes 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 [Type the company address] Page 2
  3. 3. GovLoop Survey Results Report 20115. Not factoring in cost of ownership, if you could only have one computer for both work and personal use,which would you choose?The vast majority of survey respondents reported that if given the option, they would prefer to use their personalcomputer for both work and personal use. 30% Current Work Computer 70% Current Personal Computer6. To the best of your knowledge, what are the differences between the computers you use in your office andones that you can buy at stores like Best Buy and Radio Shack?Survey results show that there are key areas that show differences in work computers and computers that canbe purchased in a store. 82% of those who said that quality is a factor and believes that office computers areof poorer quality when compared to the computers they can buy at a store. 18% disagree and believe thattheir work computers are better in terms of quality.In terms of software, half of the respondents stated that their work computers contain better softwareapplications, while the other half found that they can find store-bought computers that are equipped withbetter software.44% of those who discussed the difference in security of work computers believe that their work computershave better security options, keeping the computer safer and more secure than one that is store-bought.However, 56% stated that computers in a store offer less hassle for the user in terms of firewalls and slow securitysoftware. Quality 37% Support 5% Software 13% Security 12% Other 16% No Difference 17% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% [Type the company address] Page 3
  4. 4. GovLoop Survey Results Report 20117. How does your personal computer differ from your work computer in terms of durability, reliability andsecurity? Rate your perceived impression: Durability 29% 30% 25% 25% 20% 20% 13% 13% 15% 10% 5% 0% Personal Personal They are Work Work Computer Computer the Same Computer Computer is More is a Little is a Little is More More More Reliability 42% 45% 40% 35% 27% 30% 25% 20% 13% 15% 9% 9% 10% 5% 0% Personal Personal They are Work Work Computer Computer the Same Computer Computer is More is a Little is a Little is More More More Security 43% 45% 40% 35% 30% 24% 25% 18% 20% 13% 15% 10% 2% 5% 0% Personal Personal They are Work Work Computer Computer the Same Computer Computer is More is a Little is a Little is More More More [Type the company address] Page 4
  5. 5. GovLoop Survey Results Report 20118. If you are using your home computer for work, is your IT manager aware of that? 55% Yes 45% No 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%9. Do you store any company data or files on your home computer? What types of organizational/agency datado you store on your personal computer?The majority of participants (75%) reported that they do not store company data/files on their home computer.The 25% who do store company data on their personal computer stated that they store company emails anddocuments as well as company member data and analytical information. 25% Yes 75% No [Type the company address] Page 5
  6. 6. GovLoop Survey Results Report 201110. Have you received any specific direction from office leadership regarding the use of personal computers?53% of survey participants stated that they have received no direction regarding the usage of their personalcomputers. The 47% who reported having received direction were asked to elaborate on this. According torespondents, their organization/agency’s leadership was most concerned with confidential information beingstored on a personal computer. Most respondents stated that their leadership has given specific directions notto use home computers in or out of the office. Others are allowed to use their home computers as long as theyare used only at home and/or not storing company data on their home computer.11. Please select which best describes your place of work: Federal Government 52% State Government 15% Local Government 12% Government Contractor 10% Non-Profit 5% Other 6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%ConclusionWork is, in fact, invading the personal computer. How and where employees work is having a major effect onthe technology employees use to do their jobs. 75% of respondents have admitted to using their personalcomputer for work related tasks. Many workers prefer to work on a personal computer for various reasons.Efficiency, convenience, durability, and security are some of the major contributors to the decision ofemployees to use their own computer for work. Survey results show that while there is some support fromleadership to use personal computers for work-related activities, there is still quite a bit of resistance.Survey PartnersGovLoop is the premier online community connecting more than 49,000 government innovators. Thecommunity is a dedicated space for people in and around government to connect with peers, collaborate onprojects and catapult their careers.HP’s mission is to invent technologies and services that drive business value, create social benefit and improvethe lives of customers — with a focus on affecting the greatest number of people possible. HP is a proudpartner of GovLoop. Check out HP on Twitter and Facebook. [Type the company address] Page 6