Bring Your Own Device, or simply BYOD, is the concept where an employer/company allows their employees to bring their own devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to the workplace, to use for work-related purposes.
The swift advancements in IT are often said to be the main reason for BYOD’s inception. To cope with these advancements, employers allow their employees to use their own devices. This is because it is cheaper than updating your own devices on a regular basis (or if an upgrade is badly needed), or buying separate devices for each of your staff members.
Advantages of BYOD
Reduces company expenses
Amongst the top reasons why companies go for BYOD is that this saves them from funding a separate, “for work only” device for each of their employees. This also frees them from worrying about aligning their present system with the current change in the IT technology, as their employees will do it for themselves on their own devices.
Increases employee satisfaction
Employee satisfaction typically begins with the tangible aspects. Computer devices that do not fit their needs or perform their respective delegated tasks properly can affect an employee’s attitude towards work and overall productivity.
Employees who use their own personal devices (which they chose and bring in in the first place) for their daily tasks allows them to work with ease.
Improves employee productivity
Allowing employees to access business data through their own device gives employees a perception that their employers trust and consider them a substantial entity of the company. This also projects an air of freedom on the employees’ end, which makes them feel ‘less micromanaged,’ an essential factor in any employer-employee relationship.
This in turn can lead to higher levels of productivity, largely due to the fact that employees get to use the technology they are most comfortable with. Combine this with the fact that many employee-owned machines will be more powerful and newer than business machines, which means they will be able to do more.
How to Make BYOD Work
- Do not let employees bring in any devices they want. A few restrictions and guidelines will save you from future security-related problems. This will also help you maintain your employees’ focus on their respective tasks, as personal devices may contain distractions, such as games and social networking sites that they might access irresponsibly during work hours.
- MDM is important. Be sure to invest in mobile device management (MDM) software to help you remain in charge of your own company data.
- BYOD is useless if you’re not in the cloud. Cloud systems are essential because when employees gain work access through the cloud, workflow becomes faster, strategic, more simultaneous, and organised. Hence, improving productivity and work quality.
- Never disregard the risks. BYOD may appear to be “all-advantageous” at first glance, yet it has some disadvantages, too. For example, your employee might find it ‘odd’ if you put some restrictions on their own mobile phones. Communication is key here.
This can make them question you over privacy matters since making their own gadgets a part of the company gives you access to their private lives as well. Moreover, this may also jeopardise your company data and privacy, as it is now accessible to anyone who uses your employee’s device.
Spend More on Support, Instead of Devices.
Remember that you still need to educate your employees about the responsibilities concerning the usage of their own mobile phones and laptops in the office, as well as the risks involved in it.
BYOD’s popularity does not mean that it’s also perfect for you. It would be a good idea to weigh the pros and cons first, and align the results to your own company goals. From here, examine if BYOD is a strategy beneficial to your employees and to your entire business.
If you are planning to implement a BYOD policy, then contact us. We offer a wide variety of solutions from cloud and virtualisation to managed services that can help enable a secure and useful environment.