"Bring your own device" (BYOD) is the practice of allowing employees to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.
In 2014, Market researcher Gartner Inc. predicted that almost four in 10 organizations will rely exclusively on BYOD by 2016, and will no longer provide devices to employees. Moreover, they predict 85 percent of businesses will have some kind of BYOD program in place by 2020.
Today, even the super security conscious companies are making this shift in policy because BYOD offers a number of benefits, and employees are starting to demand it.
Advantages to having a BYOD policy:
- Improved productivity: Research sponsored by Citrix showed that almost one in five small and mid-sized businesses achieved productivity gains of 30 percent or more by adopting mobile work styles like BYOD. Because your employees are comfortable with the device they are using, they require less training and on-boarding efforts. Plus, your IT team will be more productive and less stressed without receiving frequent help desk tickets regarding device issues.
- Improved bottom line: Companies are able to avoid spending money on devices that might not be as powerful as the consumer devices that many of their employees already own.
- Improved talent: BYOD allows for a more mobile employee base, and is attractive for remote workers. BYOD also helps these employees to stay connected with video conferencing and other collaboration tools even when they are not in the office.
Things to remember:
- You should have a BYOD policy in place. Among other things, this will establish the level of support that can be expected for employee-owned PCs, smartphones and tablets from your IT department.
- Be security conscious. You should also have a BYOD security policy in place to help protect your company's confidential information.
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For many small to medium sized businesses, this practice has saved them money and kept their employees happy. Does your company support a BYOD policy? If so, tell us about it in the comments section.