Technology is influencing companies to adapt their work policies to meet the demands and needs of their workforce in accessing critical information to perform their duties for the organization. These companies have been finding innovative ways to stay competitive and to help motivate their employees in using technology in gaining productivity. These policies that companies are introducing for example are called "Bring your own device" or BYOD as the appropriate acronym for this terminology. The BYOD policy is something that every organization has to consider in this golden age of technology that is pushing the boundaries of how we use a combination of hardware and software to fulfill the requests of our clients. What makes the BYOD policy interesting and unique is that it is about regulating the workforce's own personal mobile device. This mobile device can be anything from a cell phone to the coveted iPad or tablet computer. There are a lot of pros and cons about the BYOD policy that we would like to discuss in helping companies and employees better understand the issues when implementing a BYOD policy in their organization.
Pros about BYOD
There are a lot of opportunities for companies to leverage their employees own mobile devices to access company data to perform work and save money. Companies would not have to invest the hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own corporate budget on mobile devices and the insurance needed to protect theses products from harm. Companies have the opportunity to save more money based on how large the size of their workforce is which translates to significant cost savings for not having to purchase this equipment.
The workforce enjoys working for innovative companies that has a BYOD policy to use their own mobile products which is usually the latest tech gadget on the market such as an iPhone to access their work email or an iPad to access their work intranet. People know how to use their own gadgets and are familiar in how to navigate with their own operating systems.
There are to many times when companies give you a mobile device that is already outdated and there is significant learning curve for people to learn new technology. By having a BYOD policy in place in your organization, the technology learning curve that has usually hindered people in the past is now bypassed.
Cons about BYOD
There are some negatives about the BYOD policy that companies need to be aware of when they consider implementing this policy in their organization. The biggest issue for companies is managing the security for the different types of mobile platforms and devices that will be accessing sensitive corporate data from your company's network.
The other con is that if a company does not issue any corporate devices to access information remotely and strictly relies on a BYOD policy. This will hinder the productivity of the employees that can not afford these technical gadgets despite their tangible benefits to the organization. Companies need to make sure that all of there employees have access to the information they need to perform their work.