More than half of Pakistanis believe mobile technology has improved their careers
ISLAMABAD: According to a study conducted by Telenor Asia, almost 54% of Pakistanis believe that mobile devices and mobile technology have significantly improved their careers and helped develop their skills, with women saying that mobile devices have improved their quality of life .
The study looked at how respondents across Asia are using their mobile to adapt to changing realities as new work cultures emerge post-pandemic. This is the second installment of the Digital Lives Decoded series launched on the occasion of Telenor Asia’s 25th anniversary.
The report was polled by more than 8,000 mobile internet users in eight countries in South and Southeast Asia. Countries include Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
He highlighted how the workplace has evolved over the past three years with an increasing influence of mobile devices in our daily lives. Today’s workplace is characterized by processes enabled by mobile technology, and hybrid work practices bring increased flexibility to businesses and the lives of professionals.
“Our research indicates that mobile connectivity is an enabler of productivity, progress, flexibility and economic opportunity. Yet we continue to see gaps in how this technology is used between urban and rural populations, large enterprises and SMEs, between industries and even between C-suite executives and their junior counterparts,” said Jørgen Rostrup, Head of Telenor Asia.
According to Rostrup, people remain very concerned about their skills and their ability to keep pace with technological advancements.
“The aspect of trust also prevents people from realizing their full potential through the use of mobile in the workplace. As the time spent working online increases, our survey results can help identify the right tools and knowledge to fill these gaps and improve digital working lives,” he added.
Speaking on the importance of understanding the changing workplace today, Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO of Telenor Pakistan, said: “This is a defining moment for business as companies around the world are adapt to new affective working methods. Additionally, mobile technology has unlocked new sources of income and given people new ways of doing things; and the Pakistani workforce, including freelancers, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to understand and utilize the opportunities surrounding mobile connectivity. »
Performance and productivity
According to the study, eight out of ten respondents felt that their performance and productivity had increased due to mobile technologies, and more than half felt that their personal productivity had increased by 20% or more. Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012) are the most likely to recognize the importance of digital tools, devices and connectivity to dramatically improve work performance and quality, according to survey results.
When it comes to career trajectory, nine out of ten respondents think their career and skills have also been enhanced by mobile technologies. Respondents in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and Malaysia are most likely to have experienced the career-enhancing effects of a mobile device, reflecting many Asians’ desire to learn on the go.
In Pakistan, 63% believe that mobile devices significantly improve career and skills development. Mobile is now also seen as a way to generate income. Nearly half of respondents believe that mobile devices have provided work and income opportunities that were unavailable before the pandemic. In Pakistan, 38% of respondents believe that mobile devices have created new opportunities, according to the study.
Quality of life
According to the survey, mobile technology has not only boosted revenue-generating opportunities; it had a positive impact on overall quality of life. Nearly half of respondents felt that using a mobile device for work significantly improved their quality of life. In Pakistan, 46% of respondents believe that mobile technology has significantly improved their quality of life. Women believe that their mobile devices give them better access to work and income opportunities. In Pakistan, the number is 44%, compared to 33% for men.
Privacy and Security
The biggest concerns of respondents at all levels were privacy and security, according to the study. A slightly higher proportion of city dwellers (60%) see privacy and security as a barrier compared to those living in villages and rural areas (56%). In Pakistan, 53% of respondents placed privacy and security at the top of their minds when working remotely. According to the study, trust and related privacy and security issues are other pain points that organizations need to work on.