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A (mostly) tablet-free workplace

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Do you use iPads or other tablet PCs at work?

  • No — we don’t use these devices — 61%
  • Some use them although there is no official support for them — 19%
  • Yes — just recently have we used them professionally — 9%
  • Yes — for a long time before the iPad was released — 6%
  • We are planning to incorporate them — 5%

I know corporate adoption is slow, but I was still a bit surprised that four out of five respondents don’t have or don’t support tablet use in the workplace. Certainly they aren’t a laptop replacement, but for meetings and workers who have to move throughout their job and still be connected, they can be a real lifesaver. I know some companies won’t ever look to tablets as a solution, but I’m guessing we’ll see that number inch up consistently.

Lance Haun is community director for ERE.net, the main guy over at Rehaul.com and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.