BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, isn’t a new concept, but it’s quickly gaining momentum in the workplace. Employees enjoy bringing their own devices to work. There’s freedom in using your mobile phone or laptop instead of a device provided by the company. It’s convenient for the employees and beneficial for the business. Professionals who work in a BYOD-friendly environment are not only more likely to do extra work during their off hours and on vacation, but they’re also happier to do so.
Instituting a BYOD policy saves money for the company as well. It’s less costly than buying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops for every employee who needs one. That’s not to say that there aren’t disadvantages and potential pitfalls involved in a BYOD office, however. Trust is essential. Employees must trust their superiors, and employers must trust their staff members. Disclosure and transparency will help with that. Employees need to register their devices, and staff must ensure that those devices are safe. Office-wide agreements and contracts describing what is and isn’t allowed are helpful, too.
In addition to security measures for remote wiping, cloud safety, and virus and theft protection, the subject of data usage is a prickly one when discussing BYOD plans. How do you compensate employees who use their devices for personal and professional purposes? What are the rules of data usage? Some companies offer their employees unlimited data plans from T-Mobile, but it’s critical to put provisions in place, especially when employees have fast, unlimited LTE data at their disposal. For example, place restrictions on popular apps and provide a clear definition of the company’s views on personal data. Learn more about successfully implementing a BYOD policy in the infographic below.