One of the latest acronyms in the IT world is BYOD, or bring your own device. In the US apparently nearly two-thirds of mobile workers pay for their own devices and of those a third says it affects their choice of employer. These figures come from global connectivity provider iPass. If these figures are accurate then the BYOD is a growing trend. More than 80% of those polled claim they are more productive at home. I'm not so sure about this figure, but the office did at least poll ahead of coffee shops and public transport.
The theory is that employees will work longer and that it saves on equipment costs for organisations. The issue for such mobile technology then becomes Wi-Fi connectivity and costs. Hotels are generally the most expensive in this regard and outside of the US it is usually better to get a local SIM card and pay for the data access that way. The biggest downside tends to be for the poor systems administrators that have to work out how to connect a disparate range of employee devices to the organisation's networks and keep some semblance of security in place.
There are a lot of things to think about with this approach and some companies will be going on the hype of BYOD rather than thinking more deeply about the pros and cons and the complexity that may be required to get it all working correctly and safely. At the very least, changes will need to be made to employee contracts. I can see court cases based around profiting from using the previous company's information versus the company profiting from using the ex-employee's equipment.