Today, virtually everyone is connected to the World Wide Web via some type of electronic device. Whether it’s a Smartphone, a laptop a tablet or some other device, the wealth of knowledge available on the Internet is readily available.
Given that so many people are connected, a new practice has surfaced in the business world – Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, as it is affectionately called. With this trend, businesses allow their employees to bring their own devices to work in order to conduct work-related tasks. This practice can greatly cut overhead costs, as business owners don’t need to invest in devices or software for their employees, which naturally boosts the bottom line.
However, before you jump on the BYOD bandwagon, there are some things that are pretty important for you to know.
Not For Everyone
What works well for one business may not work well for another. That goes with all aspects of business, including BYOD. Just because one business has great success utilizing this program in one way doesn’t mean that all businesses will have success using the same method. BYOD is definitely not a cookie cutter model. You’ll need to assess your business and adjust your standards and practices regarding BYOD according to your needs.
The Productivity Debate
There’s no denying that BYOD can increase productivity. It makes sense that workers will be able to perform more tasks with ease when they are using their own devices, which they are already familiar with. However, use of their personal devices can also become counterproductive. For example, employees may be tempted to use their devices in ways that are not related to work, which could definitely impact levels of productivity.
In order to keep productivity in check, you may want to limit the types of apps that your employees are able to download to their devices. For example, you may want to ban the installation of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Potential Security Issues
There is the possibility that security could become an issue. Vital data can become lost or stolen. In order to limit the risk of such issues, certain policies can be implanted that will protect information. For example, you could limit the use of data that involves sensitive information to be used in the office only, or you could have all business data removed should an employee no longer work with the company.
Training is Necessary
Though your employees will already know how to use their devices, that doesn’t mean that training isn’t necessary; you’re employees need to be trained on how they are supposed to use their devices at work. They also need to know how to implement the best security practices so that valuable information is not compromised. This training should be comprehensive and on-going so that employees can stay abreast of BYOD.
If executed properly BYOD can certainly enhance the success of your business.