In 2013, a Maryland organization offered their employees the ability to acquire specific personal technology through the organizations Technology Employee Purchase Program (TEPP). This program offered interest free cash advances (up to $1200) for the purchase of technology with the funds to be paid back from payroll deductions over 6, 12 or 24 months. The types of technology allowed for purchase was limited to smart phones, tablets, computers (PCs or laptops) and printers. The organization did have a cap on the total funds to be spent and the employees requests were handed on a first come first serve basis.
The overall goal of TEPP is to provide updated technology to the workforce in order to improve the overall technical knowledge and provide resources that could ultimately benefit the organization. Staff that participated in the program are encouraged to utilize the devices as part of the organizations BYOD (bring your own device) in order to gain access to the organizations private Wi-Fi network and obtain access to corporate e-mail.
Here are some interesting facts about the program:
1) All of the funds allocated were spent within three days of the offering. Obviously employees saw this as a great opportunity and participated.
2) 59% of items requested were manufactured by Apple (iPhones, iPads, Macbooks and iMacs).
3) Laptops lead the the way in requests (52%) followed by tablets (23%), PCs (11%), smart phones (11%) and printers (3%).
I was somewhat surprised at the Apple vs non-Apple device numbers. There is no denying that Apple has become main stream (to be honest, it is the only type of computer, phone or tablet that I own today) but the fact that 6 out of 10 employees requested Apple products for purchase was still a surprise to me.
Laptops leading the types of request was somewhat expected. Some laptops can be quite costly and the advance amount can be a real benefit for employees ability to acquire this mobile technology.
I mentioned the organizations BYOD program above and in a future blog post I will discuss the program in further detail.