(BYOD) Bring Your Own Device
Should Employers Tell Employees to BYOD?
More companies are embracing the BYOD, or “bring your own device,” trend to cut costs while increasing productivity. Now that mobile devices are as powerful as fully functional computers and everybody has one, why not forgo company computers and allow employees to access databases from their own device? While BYOD is likely the wave of the future, employers and employees need to understand the possible challenges of letting anyone access sensitive company data from anywhere at any time. Before allowing employees such privileges, businesses should craft a thorough BYOD policy that takes into account all the possible benefits and risks.
Benefits of BYOD
Increased productivity: Since employees already know how to use their own devices, they can work faster and more efficiently. The ability to access company data from a mobile device also makes working from home or on the go much easier.
Better technology: Employees are usually quicker to upgrade their own hardware and software than their employers, which means workers can have access to more advanced tools without the headache of implementing company-wide updates.
Employee satisfaction: Employees like working with their own devices for various reasons including circumventing the need for separate personal and work computers.
Potentially lower costs: Companies that let their employees use their own devices for work do not have to furnish work laptops; however, there are other technical costs to consider.