​With businesses offering device choice programs, what are employees choosing?

“Employees today not only want-but expect-the ability to choose the devices they are most comfortable with for work."

Organisations are increasingly offering employees technology device choice, and when given the choice people choose Mac and iPhone for work.

Defined as giving employees the freedom to choose among brands of computer hardware and/or mobile devices for work, employee choice programs have gained prominence in the modern business landscape.

JAMF Software findings - from a global study of executives, managers, and IT professionals - claim that over half (61 percent) of survey respondents say their company has implemented a choice program, which can include employer-owned devices, BYOD (bring your own device), or both.

In addition, 80 percent say they should become a standard in business, demonstrating that choice programs are here to stay.

When given the choice, employees prefer Apple. But why?

“Employees today not only want-but expect-the ability to choose the devices they are most comfortable with for work,” says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software.

Survey respondents attribute Apple’s “ease of use” as the number one reason for selecting Mac (75 percent) and iOS (79 percent) as their work device of choice.

“More and more employees choose Apple devices for work because Apple is what they prefer in their everyday lives,” Hager adds.

Findings also reveal a generation gap in computer choice with employees between the ages of 18 and 54 overwhelmingly choosing Mac, while those 55 and over are more comfortable using PCs.

However, when given a mobile device choice, nearly 80 percent of all age groups select iOS compared to just 18 percent who choose Android.

“Regardless of age, when employees are given the technology they want, employers are rewarded with more productive and appreciative employees,” Hager adds.

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