There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well. We live in a society where everyone must have the newest technology. We are inundated with ads reminding us that the smartphone or tablet we bought just a year ago is laughably outdated and inferior to the upgrade that just hit the market.
People who have just bought the latest technology don’t want to have to set it aside to use a separate company-issued device. As a result, businesses are beginning to grant these employee-owned devices access to their file and email servers, databases and applications. While this brings certain competitive advantages to employers, it naturally carries many risks too! Let’s begin with the pros of BYOD.
The Pros of BYOD:
- Greater flexibility and productivity – Personal devices allow workers more flexibility, which in turn can increase productivity. Today’s employee isn’t restricted to their office workstation or cubicle. They can carry out job responsibilities from home, a coffee shop, or while travelling.
- Reduced costs – Purchasing even the most basic smartphone for an employee can cost a company £400+ per worker. Costs like that can be completely eliminated by adopting a BYOD policy where employees are required to use their own devices.
- Happier employees/attractiveness to job seekers – Recent studies have found that 44% of job seekers are attracted over the competition, it has been found that employees as a whole are generally happier using the devices they own and prefer for work purposes.
- Better customer service – This goes hand in hand with more flexibility and productivity. Mobility allows employees to occasionally resolve or escalate urgent client issues outside of normal working hours, and clients remember that kind of response time.