Don’t be surprised if you see employees bringing their personally owned devices to the workplace for doing official work. This is all part of a new trend that’s becoming more and more popular, known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). When we talk about enterprise mobility solutions, the BYOD trend takes things a step further.
As part of this trend, not only are employees using mobile devices at work, they are in fact using their own mobile devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc at work. Using their own devices, employees will be able to access company applications and data for work. The personal devices could be used in conjunction with the devices offered by the company or even as a replacement of the company-offered devices.
What are the Advantages of BYOD?
How is having employees use their own devices for working beneficially? As it turns out, BYOD can be beneficial for companies as well as employees. Here are some noteworthy advantages of BYOD or BYOT:
Saving Technology Cost Per Employee
BYOD offers cost-saving benefit to the companies, reducing the technology-related expenditures for each employee. In a traditional setting, companies usually go for monthly corporate service plans to cater to the technology needs of their employees. The costs associated with an individual employee when they use their personal device for work are usually less than the costs associated with these monthly plans.
Moreover, BYOD can help cut down infrastructural costs as well. BYOD gives employees the freedom and flexibility to work using a mobile device of their choice. As a result, employees may also work from their home or any other location that’s convenient for them. Working inside the office will no longer remain mandatory. This would lead to a reduction in the need for working space for employees in the office. The premises, as well as related costs, can thus be scaled down.
Higher Employee Productivity and Satisfaction
We are most comfortable with our personal devices that we tend to use almost every minute of every day for some of the other personal purposes. With BYOD, this comfort level becomes obtainable at the time of working too. Employees are able to use their personal devices that they are already well familiar and comfortable with for doing office work. Now doesn’t that sound convenient and hassle-free? Additionally, BYOD also gives employees the flexibility to manage how, where, and when they want to do their work.
Plus there is no need for training employees on using a device and its technology since they’ll be using their own personal devices about which they already know every little thing. All this flexibility, ease, and convenience combined make working a more enjoyable experience for the employees. Happy employees do translate to more productive employees.
Use of More Advanced Devices and Technology
Given how tech-savvy people are in general, it can be said that employees’ personal devices are generally more advanced than the equipment that’s provided by the company to all employees on a mass scale. Moreover, employees are also likely to keep upgrading their devices as new and latest devices and technologies are launched. Whereas, in a company, any hardware or software related changes usually take place as per the upgrade/refresh cycle defined by its IT policy.
Therefore, BYOD or BYOT offers an easy way for companies to have their employees leverage cutting-edge technologies for working. Again, using the latest and exciting technologies and devices can make work a lot more interesting experience for employees.
What are the Challenges of BYOD?
BYOD is not without risks and challenges, of which the most notable is safety and security. Personal mobile devices are prone to theft or getting misplaced. In such a case, the device and the unsecured enterprise data on the device may fall in wrong hands. There is also the risk of malware or hacking endangering the security of personal devices.
Also, allowing employees to bring their own devices can actually result in a humongous array of devices that may get difficult for the company to monitor. These and more challenges can be dealt with, with the help of a strong enterprise mobility management strategy. The company should also clearly define the security and compliance practices that should be followed by a BYOD style of working. With effective planning and organization, it’s possible to overcome the challenges associated with BYOD and leverage its benefits to the maximum extent.
BYOD is a progressive approach towards working with an extensive range of benefits to offer for the employers as well as the employees. To adopt this approach successfully, companies need to establish a comprehensive, sound BYOD policy that addresses all the BYOD related challenges in an effective manner, minimizing the risks and maximizing the advantages.
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