The Pros and Cons of BYOD

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?

Pros of BYOD

  • Increased Employee Engagement: Your employees are in general going to be a lot happier using their own devices rather than typical business issued devices. This could lead to increased productivity and engagement because employees won’t need to get used to new devices and they will feel more comfortable using their own.
  • You Can Save Money: While you will need to set up security and will likely still need technical assistance from time to time it can’t be denied that a BYOD policy will save your business money. You’ll save money on equipment, digital services and much more.
  • A More Efficient IT Service: A BYOD policy won’t abolish the need for an IT team or technician but it will make their job easier. A less stressed IT department is always going to be a good thing and it will allow them to better focus their efforts on other areas of your business.
  • Access Up To Date Technology: Not every business will be able to afford the most advanced up to date technology. But with a BYOD policy, you can get the benefits of the more advanced technology your employees might have.

Cons of BYOD

    • Security Risks: The main concern of a BYOD policy is the increased security risk if someone loses their device outside of work you could lose valuable data and risk it falling into the wrong hands. You’ll also need to ensure employees are regularly updating their security measures as well.
  • Increased Risk of Distractions: Let’s be honest if someone is using their own device they are more likely to be distracted aren’t they? If they bring their own phone to work then they could easily get distracted by playing games or browsing their other apps. Yes, they might be more engaged at first but that might not last.
  • Implementation Difficulties: A BYOD policy isn’t as simple as just telling people to come in with their own device which you’ll then set-up. It takes time and money to set-up a safe and secure BYOD policy and system which not every business may able to manage.

Is BYOD Worth It?

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.

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