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Smartphones have employees job hunting during work hours

According to the inaugural Telstra Smartphone Index, eight percent of employees with smartphones are surfing internet job sites, with many doing so during work hours according to the research.

Telstra Smartphone IndexTelstra’s Smartphone Index research was conducted online by The Nielsen Company in June 2010 and revealed some concerning trends for employers trying to lock down employees from accessing websites like Facebook during work hours.

According to the research, 12 percent of employees use their smartphone during work hours and almost a third of smartphone owners using the mobile net access social networking sites each day. Females check social network sites more regularly than males (34 percent vs 29 percent on a daily basis).

Job sites are visited by eight percent of those surveyed each week, with 20 percent visiting job and recruitment sites on their mobiles at least once, most likely before leaving your company for a competitor.

Telstra Consumer Executive Director Rebekah O’Flaherty, said the inaugural Telstra Smartphone Index suggested Australians had ‘entered a new age’.

“Whether we’re at home in front of the tele, in the bathroom or in bed, Telstra’s research suggests smartphones have become an indispensible way for Aussies to get connected and access the information, entertainment and news that matters to them,” Ms O’Flaherty said.

“Telstra’s Smartphone Index suggests smartphones are beginning to eclipse PCs as the preferred way of accessing certain online content. Almost one in four smartphone owners visit social networking sites like Facebook on their mobiles more than on a computer. Surprisingly, we also found around 10 per cent are more likely to do their online banking from their phone than on their PC,”

Of some relief for employers, checking email is the second most frequent smartphone behaviour, with 61 percent checking email at least weekly, however the Telstra Smartphone Index did not break down whether this was for work purposes outside of business hours.