A BYOD plan allows users to bring their own devices to the table, instead of using standard business-issue units. It brings savings to the provider for obvious reasons, but don't jump into this plan without thinking. Here are a few points to consider when starting a BYOD plan.
Will Your Workers Accept It?
Odds are, you have a variety of employees in your business. While not a rule, each group will tend to react to the idea of BYOD in a certain way. For example:
- Millennials are the forerunners of all this new technology, and as such are likely to be hugely supportive of BYOD. They tend to enjoy odd work schedules and want a personal device that lets them juggle home and work life.
- Members of the older generations may not be so keen on the change. They may not own a device that's up to par with current standards, or maybe they want to stay with the simpler devices they understand. You might require some extra time with them to catch up.
- Others may fit into a multitude of different categories, including the entry-level worker who never had a corporate-issued device before, and the complainer who won't be happy with anything.
Before you adopt, be sure you know your workers and if it's right for them. Obviously you can't please 100% of the people, but a good majority should be on board.
Can You Keep It Secure?
Any kind of mobile device is a target for malicious attacks, whether they be traditional viruses or phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information. With your employees having so many different phones, it could become difficult to keep them all properly secured.
It's vital that you can track devices in case they're lost or stolen, and be sure that they're not being used for unproductive measures. Which leads to the last point...
Will It Increase Employees' Satisfaction And Productivity?
Any plan's benefits need to outweigh its costs to be worth using. Before you pull the trigger on bring your own device, you should again consider your workers and how they perform. If they're tired of carrying around two devices or are loyal to a maker that IT doesn't provide (perhaps they prefer Android to iOS, for example), then this is a good match for your team.
On the other hand, do your workers need to be constantly reminded not to waste time on the Web or play games at work? Having their own device (and therefore more freedom) might make this worse. Also, more calls to the support desk will likely be made, as you lose the uniformity of the standard device system.
It All Depends
Saying "it depends" may seem like a flaky answer, but above all, the needs of your team need to be considered before BYOD is implemented. For some, it's a breath of fresh air and will be a welcome change. For others, it's a pain and the lack of uniformity isn't worth it. Perhaps a brief period of testing with a pool of diverse employees would provide you with a good sample on which to base your decision.