BYOD, an acronym for “bring your own device,” is a phrase that refers to the practice of allowing employees to bring their personal devices to work and use them on the corporate network for work-related purposes. This growing practice is starting to attract more and more companies, and by 2017, estimates show that over half of the world’s companies will have a BYOD policy in place, even though only 24 percent currently have a formal policy. While the program’s popularity grows and your business starts to catch onto the trend, you need to decide whether a BYOD policy is right for your business or not. If you’re unsure, check out this information outlining both sides of the debate.
Why You Might Need It
Before even considering a policy, you need to look at whether or not it will benefit your business to allow employees to bring their own devices to work. Check out these few benefits:
- It significantly cuts cost to a business, saving them $1,300 annually per employee with the current policies.
- BYOD increases employee satisfaction since they have the freedom to choose the platform that they like.
- This increased satisfaction also helps boost productivity.
- Mobile device management currently offers a solution to the safety issue, separating corporate and private data.
But what if you already know about these benefits and you already want to use BYOD? In general, a BYOD policy is beneficial to bigger companies who need to outline exact details of how BYOD will work in their business.
For example, you’ll want to look at what types of devices employees can bring, if the devices need passwords, whether you will control app downloads or not, and what will happen when an employee leaves the company. If any of these points will become an issue, then it’s important that you do implement a BYOD policy.
Why You Might Not Need It
There are numerous reasons to support why you should bring your own device to work, but there are also several reasons why some companies don’t need a policy in place. Even if you like the idea of BYOD, you might not need to actually implement a BYOD policy.
For example, if you own a small business and your 10 employees use their own smartphones and tablets to access email for business purposes, perhaps it’s not practical for you to put a policy into place, even though your employees do bring their own devices to work.
When security is not a real concern to your business, then you likely don’t need a policy. For example, if employees complete their business work over the Internet, then it makes sense to allow them to bring their favorite devices to work, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense to outline a policy when there’s no threat to your system.
There’s no real way to answer this question when considering businesses as an entire entity since every business differs. When deciding what’s right for your company, however, make sure to take these opposing points into consideration.
Written by Miles Young