For decades, tech lovers have argued over what’s better, Windows PCs or Apple’s Mac devices.
Today, IBM shared some statistics about the difference between the two based on watching how their own employees performed over the last four years. depending on whether they were using Macs or PCs.
The statistics date back to 2015, when IBM began a program called ‘Mac@IBM,’ which allowed employees to choose what kind of computer they would use at work.
IBM found that its Mac users were 22 percent more likely than its Windows users to 'exceed expectations' during annual performance reviews, according to 9 to 5 Mac.
Mac users also tended to close 'high-value sales' deals that were on average 16 percent larger than deals from Windows users.
The company’s Mac users were more generally content with their jobs, and were 17 percent less likely than Windows users to leave the company.
IBM’s Mac users were far less likely than Windows users to call the company’s help desk, with only five present of Mac users reaching out for support compared to 40 percent of Windows users.
Mac users were also a significant cost savings for the IT department, with needing only about a third of the number of support engineers that PCs required.
IBM says it needed only seven engineers to support 200,000 Macs while it took 20 engineers to support 200,000 Windows machines.
‘The state of IT is a daily reflection of what IBM thinks and feels about its employees,’ IBM’s Chief Information Officer Fletcher Previn said.
‘I’ve said it before – when did it become OK to live like the Jetsons at home but the Flintstones at work?’
‘We aim to create a productive environment for IBMers and continuously improve their work experience, and that’s why we introduced our employee-choice program to IBM employees in 2015.’