As our minds continue to be firmly focused on our technology, and the industry begins to prioritise the tablet over the desktop computer, important organisations begin to implement this ever-growing trend into their everyday model. Here, we look at bringing your own device (BYOD) to work and how it benefits both employee and employer.
Benefits and advantages
Although some employers may see it as an unnecessary addition to the office, allowing staff to embrace the BYOD trend does have many benefits. From something as simple as increasing employee satisfaction, from being allowed to work on a flexible basis, to implementing cost savings by no longer having as many hardware requirements, opening up the BYOD option to staff does have its advantages.
By enabling employees to securely and easily access personal files, everyday work and even corporate data on their own device, productivity levels do tend to increase. In terms of cost savings, the benefits are relatively obvious. In many industries, devices that are powerful and portable are becoming essential, so opting to employ a BYOD culture means the organisation won’t be required to fork out funds for additional devices to supplement the staff desktop option already available to them.
Risks and disadvantages
While BYOD’s cost savings and productivity benefits are obvious attractions, businesses need to consider the full implications of allowing potentially sensitive company data to be accessed on personal devices with little to no added security. The key is to balance the potential risks with the clear benefits. Is it absolutely essential that all network documents are accessible on a mobile device? The crucial aspect is to decipher what data employees should be provided with. With the potential for security breaches when accessing outside wireless connections as well as the obvious threats of lost, stolen or compromised data, it’s important that your company isn’t left in a vulnerable position.
This is where convenience clashes with security. Security and the loss of devices with limited password protection is a huge concern, and can leave the company in a really vulnerable position.
Although we’ve already highlighted potential for cost savings, it’s possible that implementing a BYOD strategy can lead to cost implications. Even though IT hardware spend can potentially be reduced with a BYOD approach, it may cost more for a company to integrate and support a diverse range of employee devices.
Planning a BYOD policy
Obviously, if your business is planning to implement mobile technologies regardless, then adding in the potential for BYOD makes sense. Due to their increased portability, handy nature and ease of use in places such as meetings, many companies are opting to invest in mobile technology anyway. Setting up the correct infrastructure for mobile devices allows employees to work mobile, whilst ensuring nothing could occur that would have a detrimental impact on your business.