Exploring new data from the 2024 Endpoint Ecosystem Study

There’s no denying that many company security policies often require workers to navigate various hurdles in their day-to-day tasks. Activities like password management, multi-device authentication, and system updates can be cumbersome, yet they are often essential in today’s digital landscape. But are these measures enough to diminish workers’ productivity?

The 2024 Endpoint Study indicates that security measures are indeed impacting workers’ productivity. In fact, 51% of American workers report that company security policies restrict their work, and 52% admit to finding ways to bypass these policies. The data suggests a strong correlation between feeling restricted and seeking ways to circumvent company security measures. Now, let’s delve into the reasons behind workers feeling constrained.

Addressing the Password Predicament

In 2024, most individuals contend with an excess of passwords, leading to poor password management practices. Over half of the respondents surveyed in the 2024 Endpoint Ecosystem study exhibit poor password hygiene. Forty percent of people either jot down their work passwords in a personal journal or store them on their phones, posing a significant risk, particularly when an employee’s phone is unmanaged. This issue is particularly pronounced among Gen Z, with 37% admitting to storing work passwords on their phones, an increase of 11% from just two years prior. Additionally, their utilization of password management tools has decreased from 35% to 28%, despite being the most secure method for storing passwords.

BYOD Poses Unresolved Challenges, Particularly with Laptops

While BYOD concerns were traditionally associated with smartphones, in 2024, laptops are increasingly affected. According to data from the Endpoint Ecosystem study, 39% of companies have secure BYOD programs, yet 60% of employees use their personal laptops for work. Conversely, the study highlights employees utilizing work devices for personal activities, blurring the boundaries between work and home life.

Misalignment of Interests

Another significant factor contributing to employees feeling hindered by security measures is the misalignment between personal privacy and company security interests. The study reveals that 71% of workers prioritize their personal privacy over company security. From a generational standpoint, older workers place the highest value on personal data privacy, while younger workers exhibit less concern.

Bridging the Gap Between Security and Productivity

To alleviate the perception of company security policies impeding productivity, employers must make security measures seamless. This is particularly crucial for hybrid and remote employees who rely solely on devices as their interface to the company, colleagues, and culture.

Companies should adopt passwordless technology, establish policies and controls for personal device usage at work, and reframe security through a privacy lens to engage employees across all generations.


In conclusion, addressing the challenges posed by company security measures in 2024 requires a multifaceted approach that balances productivity with safeguarding sensitive information. It’s evident that the current landscape demands a reevaluation of traditional security protocols to adapt to the evolving needs and preferences of today’s workforce. Employers must prioritize the seamless integration of security measures, such as embracing passwordless technology and implementing policies for personal device usage, to alleviate the burden on workers while ensuring data protection remains paramount.

Furthermore, fostering a culture that values both personal privacy and company security is essential in bridging the gap between employee productivity and security measures. By reframing security through a privacy lens and engaging employees across all generations, organizations can cultivate a more harmonious relationship between productivity and security, ultimately driving innovation and success in the digital era.

Andrew Reade

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