Poll ties productivity to mobile devices among federal workers

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A mostly untested assumption behind the headlong rush to adopt mobile devices is that they increase productivity. It's intuitive to think so--when a tool that lets you do work, say a computer, is shrunk to pocket (or bag) size, turns on immediately and almost always finds a network, how could you not be more productive?

We decided to ask federal civilian and military workers directly to describe their experiences with mobile devices. Do they really make you more productive? How, and how much more? Does it depend on the device?

In partnership with Chantilly, Va.-based research firm Market Connections, we sent out poll questions in April to our readers and members of a Market Connections panel, receiving back 300 responses. Most, about 60 percent, were federal civilian employees; about another 17 percent were from the Defense Department or military agency; about 22 percent from the legislative branch and about 3 percent from the judicial branch.

This FierceGovIT-Market Connections PulsePoll™ is different from many others that have asked federal and military workers to project how much more a mobile device has made them productive. We're at a point now where work experience with mobile devices is no longer a prognostication, but for many a reality.

Read on for the results.