Newest Zweig Group Spotlight Survey examines mobile devices

Apr 14, 2016

1451492543-CellPhonesurveycover_webThe inaugural Cell Phone & Mobile Devices Spotlight Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms was released April 6 by Zweig Group, the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting industry’s go-to resource for management research, publications and consulting. After several years of including information about firm-provided cell phones in its Policies, Procedures & Benefits Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms, Zweig Group took the opportunity of its new Spotlight Surveys series for a more in-depth analysis of issues related to mobile device usage in A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. “It almost goes without saying that firm-provided cell phones are almost a given in many architecture, engineering, planning and environmental firms, and we have the data that show that increase in popularity over the past several years” said Andrea Bennett, Zweig Group’s research and publications manager. “With this Spotlight Survey, we wanted to take it a step further: Who gets phones; how are they selected and paid for; how often are professionals using them? What about tablets and other devices? Have any firms jumped on the smart watch bandwagon?” The results, provided by almost 100 A/E/P and environmental consulting professionals whose job titles most commonly include words such as “manager,” “director,” and “president,” show that, though firm-provided cell phones are definitely commonplace and tablets are becoming more common, other mobile devices have not yet caught on among most firms. “The fact that smart watches and similar mobile devices are still in their infancy, both in terms of development and in their adoption by the A/E/P and environmental industry, is actually really exciting, from a research standpoint,” Bennett said. “Because we’re asking these questions now and will continue asking them in future editions of this survey, Zweig Group will be able to track in almost real-time how quickly these devices are implemented by the industry and for what purposes.” Though 97 percent of survey respondents reported having a cell phone that they used for work at least some of the time – 49 percent using those phones “very frequently” most commonly to “answer emails/communicate with colleagues” – only 54 percent said that their firms provided those cell phones and cover the monthly bills. Similarly, 79 percent of respondents said they had a tablet, but only 44 percent said their firms provided it. However, for other mobile devices, the data trend in the opposite direction: Though only 17 percent of respondents report using a mobile device other than a cell phone, tablet or laptop, 20 percent said that their firms will pay for such devices. The 2016 Cell Phone & Mobile Devices Spotlight Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms is a full-color, digital-only publication and can be downloaded here. More than 20 survey questionnaires for 2016 are currently open for participation, and respondents receive either 50 percent (for participating in a Spotlight Survey) or 65 percent (for participating in a full-length survey) off the purchase of any Zweig Group survey product. For more information, call 800.466.6275 or email

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