Everyone has a phone, tablet or laptop don’t they? In today’s digital world you can’t really do without them but could these personal devices actually benefit your business? The BYOD (bring your own device) policy certainly thinks so.
If a business has a BYOD policy it means employees can bring their own technology in to carry out their day to day work. This means they will be using these devices to access business information, applications, and programs. To give you a better idea of how BYOD works let’s look at some examples in more detail.
BYOD can be utilised in a number of ways but the end result will usually be the same as it will allow employees to use their own laptops, phones or tablets to connect to your businesses internet. The NHS for example has its own BYOD policy so employees can more easily obtain data they might need.
But is BYOD worth it? Well, that is a difficult question to answer, BYOD is very popular in some countries like Russia, where it is predicted over 70% of employees use BYOD in some capacity and it is certainly showing signs of growth globally.
However, does that mean your business should adopt its own BYOD policy? While business across multiple industries can benefit from BYOD that doesn’t mean there are no disadvantages to it either. Let’s look at some pros and cons shall we?
BYOD certainly comes with some enticing benefits and it is likely to make employees more comfortable and engaged. It could also allow you to utilise more advanced technology, will save you money and make life easier for the IT department.
But there are potential downsides to think about too, arguably the most concerning being the security risks involved and setting up a BYOD policy can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Like most things, there are positives and negatives to think about so make sure you think hard before deciding whether your business could benefit from its own BYOD policy.
If you’re a business owner and are considering introducing a BYOD policy to your workplace, our associates would love to help. Whether you’ve already made up your mind and want an experienced hand in implementing the BYOD strategy, or if you’re not quite sure if BYOD is right for your business, contact one of our experienced associates who are more than happy to share their experiences with you.