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It’s great to hear that more professionals are using remote working tools, but if bosses want to ensure their retention rates don’t fall, they must provide their staff with the right corporate policies to support such mobile working.

This is because 58% of Gen M workers feel guilty about doing personal tasks during work hours and work tasks during personal hours, says a new survey.

The survey defined Gen M as mobile workers who rely more heavily on mobile technologies than the general population to mix their work and personal activities. These were mainly either men age 18-34 or people with children under age 18 in their households.

More than eight out of 10 (82%) of workers in this generation perfomed one or more personal task on mobile per their working day, compared to 72% of non-Gen M workers, the survey found.

Additionally, 64% of Gen M professionals used mobile to do at least one work related task during their personal time, compared to 54% of professionals not from the generation.

While it may be good that they are increasingly connected, the generation’s hyper-connectedness comes with a price – mobile guilt. Compared to 47% of non-Gen M professionals, 61% of those from the generation were found to suffer from mobile guilt when handling work communications during personal hours.

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Furthermore, 58% of them suffered from the same guilt when they received personal communications during work hours, in comparison to 46% of non-Gen M professionals.

The survey stressed it is important for employers to provide the right policies which support a mobile working lifestyle.

60% of Gen M professionals, compared to half of non-Gen M professionals, stated that they would leave their jobs if their employer did not allow any remote work or restricted their ability to do personal tasks at work.

“Mobile is fundamentally changing how we work and live,” said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. “The Gen M Study, to us, reflects the emerging, connected culture of modern business.”

“Forward-thinking companies embrace this change and understand that mobile is as much an HR program as a technology initiative. To recruit and retain the best and brightest employees, companies must establish policies that are aligned with the way employees want to work and live,” he added.

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