Business owners are well-acquainted with the costs and struggles of utilizing and updating their business’ technology.
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Devices, and this policy permits employees to bring and use their own mobile phones and devices in the workplace.
The rate of popularity of BYOD policies will continue to increase, with approximately 85% of organizations adopting their own policy by 2020. Below are five reasons you should consider adopting a BYOD policy in your workplace.
Companies may reduce costs when their employees are allowed buy and use their own mobile devices. Buying computers and cell phones for even just a few employees can take be a financial strain on the company budget and cost thousands of dollars. Additionally, maintenance and service fees must be factored in as a necessary financial obligation. However, when workers bring in their own devices, these costs can be eliminated, and the budget can be then be allocated for other necessities.
Productivity is boosted when employees feel comfortable with the devices they’re operating in. When it comes to technology, individuals typically prefer specific apps, preferences, and settings. As employees are able to stay within their ‘tech comfort zone’, companies can expect to enjoy faster output rates. At the same time, employees experience more freedom than when they are restricted to company-mandated devices.
Employees can be more accessible as they carry their personal devices outside of the workplace. If employees work outside of the office, they can be reached through a single point of contact because they don’t have to juggle two devices. Team collaboration may also improve because of the same reason.
Use of the Cloud
Workers may more readily use the Cloud when working with their own devices. The Cloud and BYOD policies usually go hand-in-hand when several devices are involved, allowing employees to access data and work tools from anywhere. Cloud services have become more prevalent in the workplace, with approximately 90% of organizations incorporating the Cloud in some capacity. A BYOD policy can provide an easier transition into the Cloud.
With a BYOD policy, employees can maintain and update their own devices without waiting for company protocol. Companies may struggle with syncing and obtaining the latest features on company devices, and BYOD policies remove that responsibility from the company’s hands. This frees up time to be spent elsewhere and increases productivity as well.
Each BYOD policy is unique to its company. Assessing the company’s goals and current status on technology can be a good first step towards adopting a BYOD policy and reaping its rewards.