It has been almost a year since Research and Markets estimated that 65% of businesses were working on BYOD solutions. Companies are looking to reduce their own IT costs and motivate their workers through “bring your own device” programs. But one important question remains: does it work?
Initial studies found that approving BYOD to work policies resulted in an increase in overall production. Not only are employees allowed to use the devices they love, but they seemingly spend more “at home” time on work-related business, too. BYOD has made workers more interconnected with their job, even when they are not in the office.
Another advantage companies are gaining by implementing BYOD in the workplace is employers are able to more easily and quickly communicate with employees, and vice versa. If a worker needs the go ahead on a project from their manager, they can get it now almost instantly, allowing them to move on and start other projects. The expediency and efficiency of a company can improve with BYOD policy.
But all is not perfect in the world of BYOD.
There are benefits of BYOD that companies are already beginning to see from last year and this year’s first quarter. However, there are also challenges that must be met in order to establish regulation on the new procedure.
Concerns that many companies with BYOD policies do, and should, have are:
- How do we discourage workers from doing non work-related things on their devices?
It’s undeniable that personal devices are serious distractions, capable of sending a company’s bottom line crashing into a wall like the popular Angry Birds game. But the question of how to deal with distractions from technology is not a new one. The rise of websites like Facebook, YouTube, and gaming hubs left companies scrambling on how to maintain their employees’ focus in the workplace. And with the thousands of apps just waiting to be tried out on smartphones, the temptation to take a slightly longer lunch break is stronger than ever.
Answer: Companies are still trying to figure out a solution to increasingly distracted workers, but one option is to create a mobile device management system to monitor employee’s personal device behaviors while on the clock—discouraging distraction and conduct that might put the company at risk. In essence, blocking apps just like you can block certain websites.
- How will increased data effect my IT department?
IT departments are already responsible for managing a server that supports the corporate network, gateways, servers, and applications. When BYOD policy is implemented in the workplace, IT also has to figure out how increased data from video and music downloads and streaming will affect the system. Also, how should IT departments handle network security when smartphones constantly access the company’s Wi-Fi to send, share, and receive outside files?
Answer: Similar to the problem of worker distraction, companies can resolve the flood of data crisis by employing a mobile device management solution. This software gives the IT department an overview of how employee’s personal devices are affecting the overall network’s performance and security.
These hiccups in BYOD policy should not be surprising. After all, BYOD is still new to business, and, like every new concept, will require some refining as it matures.
In general, BYOD has been shown to be beneficial to companies by making constant communication as fast and easy as it has ever been. But BYOD can also compromise your bottom line and network security without the proper systems in place to monitor employees’ smartphones, tablets, and personal devices.
Contact a data management expert at Innovative Architects today and begin planning a solution to increasing your bottom line while implementing a BYOD policy.