Before the days of smartphones and laptops, the idea of asking an employee to bring their own devices would be considered laughable. Can you imagine, employees hauling bulky desktops and towers to work each day? BYOD has made what was impossible, possible.
The evolution of technology has been rapid. At this point, BYOD is old news. However, the buzz surrounding it hasn’t quieted down. Its popularity is expected to grow. Companies aren’t asking if they need BOYD, but rather what is the best practice for implementation. It’s quickly taken its place as a part of our modern business culture.
That being said, some organizations are still hesitant to adopt a BYOD policy. Here are a few reasons why it’s beneficial.
One of the most significant benefits of BYOD is the boost in productivity seen in all departments of an organization. Employees are using devices they are familiar with making it easier to take full advantage of device features. IT Technicians are using tools they already understand, requiring less training. Organizations can maximize revenue through productivity.
If you’re a business owner, you know the costs of technology can be substantial. Supplying an entire company with devices can add up quickly. BYOD programs shift costs to the individual user. Businesses have noticed as employees use their smartphones and tablets maintenance and service fees are drastically reduced. Additionally, employees who use their own devices are more likely to have the latest technology, meaning you don’t have to pay for the upgrade.
The advancement of technology has been monumental for professionals looking to utilize the internet. In the not so distant past, BYOD comprised of personal laptops but has since progressed beyond that point to include new technologies. Already, more than 60 percent of employees access business-related information through mobile devices. How employees can access information is multiplying. Employees can decide which tools they use and where they use them. This leads to a greater work-life balance, increased loyalty, and lower employee turnover.
Traditionally, employees would have to come into the office to access essential business information. However, more and more employees believe their presence shouldn’t be necessary. BYOD provides the ability for employees to work from home or from outside the office on the device of their choosing. Many employees feel having options is empowering and enables them to perform better at their job.
BYOD policies are a staple in the workplace. It’s brought freedom to employees and employers alike. If you’re considering implementing a BOYD policy remember, it’s not going anywhere. You need to nail down the pros and cons and make sure it’s right for your business.
To learn more, get the whitepaper “Is BYOD Right For Your Business? Addressing the Five Requirements of BYOD for Mobile Unified Communications” below.