Employees at organisations across the UK are getting a better technology experience at home, according to a report out this week.

The “Techspectations” study – carried out by mobile software development firm Chelsea Apps Factory across 1,000 office workers – found that the majority of employees believe their mobiles, tablets, computers broadband and wi-fi are better at home than they are at work.

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Office workers say their personal devices are better than their work devices. Image credit Flickr Jennofarc

Fifty-nine percent of people surveyed said their personal mobile is better than their work mobile, while four times as many people believe their personal tablet is better than their work tablet.

Half of respondents said their home broadband was better than their work broadband and 55 percent said their home Wi-Fi was better than their work Wi-Fi.

When it came to computers, possibly the most-used device at work, 45 percent said their home machine was better than their work computer. 

The report estimates that UK will lose out on 348 million work days in 2015 as a result of poor technology. This is based on the fact the average respondent lost 110 minutes of work time each week, or 11 days a year, due to IT issues. 

“Since the industrial revolution began over 250 years ago, employees have been used to a working world where the technology in their offices far outstrip the kit in their homes,” wrote Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of Chelsea Apps Factory.

“The rampant advance of technological consumerism has changed that – and many businesses are struggling to adapt to this shift in their employee’s technical knowledge, enthusiasm, power and independence.

“Quite simply, the “techspectations” of today’s employee is often far more advanced than the equipment and service an employer can give them.”

Anderson believes that employees who are blocked from doing something by office technologies will turn to their own devices in order to get round the issue. This leads to a lack of central control and presents employers with security issues, he said.