BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a growing trend within businesses of all sizes. Sixty percent of companies offer BYOD and 90 percent are expected to by the end of 2014. While you may have concerns, by not joining the BYOD movement your business may suffer against competitors. BYOD allows your employees to use the same device for personal and office use, as well as the ability to work from anywhere. Allowing BYOD in your office has both advantages and disadvantages, and the key is to find the right program for your needs.
Since your employees can work from anywhere, overall productivity will greatly increase. If an employee is unable to come into the office due to weather or traffic, they can easily work from home instead. Studies have found that by having access to office communication from a mobile device, employees can save at least 30 minutes per day.
BYOD programs give your business flexibility. Not only is the flexibility a great way to keep your employees happy, but it's a great selling point to potential ones. Most people prefer to work for companies that allow a mobile device to be used for both business and personal uses.
Allowing BYOD can give also your business cost savings. Through BYOD, you can reduce support costs, telecom costs and hardware costs. Added to the additional productivity, your company can greatly increase your cost effectiveness.
The biggest concern for BYOD is security, but that can be taken care of through a strong BYOD policy and a qualified IT staff like Stratosphere Networks. By educating your employees on what data they can and cannot access and all security measures that will be in place, your company's data will remain safe and secured. There should also be a policy for when an employee leaves the company or a device is lost or stolen.
Like any other business solutions, BYOD programs should be monitored and controlled. But with the right IT staff and policies, your business can enjoy the many advantages that BYOD can bring.
- Cost Savings
- Happier Employees
- Competitive Edge