Why More Businesses Are Turning to Bring-Your-Own-Device Policies

by Greg DePersio

2 min read

Technology represents a significant cost for most small businesses. Issuing devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones to employees makes up a sizable chunk of technology costs. To get around these costs and promote greater efficiency in the workplace, businesses are turning to bring-your-own-device policies. With a BYOD policy, employees are permitted, and in some cases required, to supply their own devices for work purposes. Executed properly, these policies are a win-win. Workers, particularly younger millennial employees, tend to be picky about technology. A BYOD policy lets them work on devices of their choosing rather than a clunky work computer. For businesses, BYOD policies can save money and boost morale.

Saving Money

The costs of supplying workers with technology can add up. In addition to office computers, businesses often outfit their employees with smartphones and laptops. This is especially the case for workers such as outside sales reps, who spend significant time out of the office. Having employees supply their own devices can reduce expenses. While some workers might balk at shouldering these costs, chances are, most of your workforce already owns better gadgets than what the company provides and won’t have to pay out of pocket at all.

Productivity and Simplicity

Rappers may brag about having two phones, but for the average office worker, it’s a hassle. Not to mention, chances are good the work phone gets turned off or consigned to a drawer outside working hours. Any voicemails left or emails sent over the weekend won’t be seen until Monday morning. A BYOD policy lets workers conduct their personal and professional business on the same devices. While some employers worry this might lead to lower productivity, the opposite is true. It is well-established that workers already waste a ton of time using work devices for web surfing, texting, and social media. That won’t significantly change when they’re on their own devices, but you’ll probably have more luck reaching them if an emergency arises at night or on the weekend.

Other Considerations

Before establishing a BYOD policy, you probably want to ensure a couple of stipulations are covered. The first involves security. Since workers will be sending company-related information over their personal devices, they should have mobile device management software installed. This adds a layer of security to their devices and allows you to wipe away sensitive info if a device is lost or stolen. Another consideration is to be certain you and your employees are on the same page regarding the policy and what it entails. Think about putting a privacy policy in place that spells out what information the company has access to on an employee’s device and what it does not. Also, decide if the company is going to reimburse workers for some or all of the costs of obtaining devices. A bring-your-own-device policy can save your business money and simplify its technology needs. Best of all, it probably won’t be difficult to get your employees on board.

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