Remote workers won’t stop destroying their business laptops and smartphones

Telecommuters keep destroying their work laptops and smartphones, and with the rising price of equipment and the movement of people in the post-Covid era, the costs are rising rapidly.

That’s according to a new report from Direct Line, based on a survey of 2,000 UK adults, which says nearly a quarter (22%) of those who travel with company-owned technology manage to cause damage.

In addition, another fifth (19%) have already lost their work equipment, while 14% have had it stolen.

Break expensive hardware

Most of the time, employees break or lose their work smartphones (50%), followed by laptops (34%) and tablets (24%).

Dropping or bumping into something (27%) is the usual way people damage company equipment, while 18% simply leave it somewhere and forget where they put it. A tenth poured a drink on the device, while some (7%) managed to have their gear cracked by another colleague.

Equipment is also becoming more expensive. The average worker now carries more than $1,400 worth of equipment, while a tenth (9%) carries technology that can cost up to $3,800.

With the transition to hybrid working, Direct Line expects workers to travel more in the coming months. Nearly a third (30%) said they would use more shared workspaces now, while a fifth (19%) said they would go to a business event or conference in a near future.

For Alison Traboulsi, Marketing Manager at Direct Line, securing company-owned technology has never been more important than it is today. A fifth of companies now provide technology for employees who travel to different locations.

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