New devices are changing the way people work. Not only because of the devices provided by the company, but also because of the use employees make of their personal ones at work. In fact, 90% of employees use devices to get information of the company. Why not taking this opportunity within the business environment?
What is BYOD?
Bring your own device or BYOD is a business policy that allows workers to bring their own devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) to their workplace and use them to have access to some resources of the company (emails, files, database, etc.).
BYOD strengthens work through the so-called ‘consumerization of IT‘. Consumers are leading the change in the role of IT and, therefore, workers by using their own devices at work are defining at what level new technology is present at work.
Advantages and risks
Among BYOD advantages, it is to be highlighted a rising in employees’ satisfaction due to flexibility, what means greater productivity as workers feel comfortable working with their own devices. It also must be highlighted the cost reduction for the company when acquiring and maintaining this kind of technologies.
The main risks are those related to security, which depends on what information workers have access to and the protection measures used. Besides, to this must be added the difficulties of integrating a diverse range of devices and operating system versions. Specific policies are needed to face these risks as ignoring new working behaviours will only make the company more vulnerable to threats.
Business intelligence used in order to make workers more comfortable will directly increase their productivity. Organisations must be aware of the benefits that BYOD can bring but, what is more important, be aware of its risks. Innovate and provide the employees with what they need to improve will be beneficial for both of them.
Find out more about BYOD in this manual.