The term BYO generally means that you have been invited to a boring party. In the case of BYOD, this party is on the rise and growing every day. Business.org looks at the pros and cons of bringing your own device.
BYOD (bring your own device) refers to the practice of employees using their personal devices - such as 'smartphones', laptops, PCs, 'tablets' and other equipment - at work for the sake of convenience and comfort. This can save the company money (no upfront equipment costs), as well as cause headaches (IT and security issues), but the BYOD trend is fast becoming an office staple, alongside scooters and ping pong tables. -pong (your office may vary).
Variations of BYOD include BYOT (bring your own technology), BYOP (bring your own phone), BYOC (bring your own computer), BYOL (bring your own laptop), BYOA (bring your own applications) and the truly strange BYOPC (bring your own personal computer). We will be using BYOD here because, again, it looks like a party. The real issue for small businesses is shifting from We must allow BYOD? to How do we manage BYOD? It's already here and there are more than a few factors to familiarize yourself with.
Who is driving the implementation of BYOD?
'Millennials'- but you probably saw the one coming. They are entering the job market with years of integrated experience using their favorite 'smartphones', 'tablets' and laptops, and are not willing to give up on them.
The millennials are also more open to mixing their personal and business lives, as well as working on weekends and unusual hours, which is another reason to have your own devices on hand. It is usually the CEOs who approve the company's BYOD, and they were doing it long before the millennium generation, because, well, they are CEOs (ask any IT employee who was ordered to “make this thing work”).
- Lower costs: Employees have already purchased and paid for their own devices, so you won't have to spend money to provide them.
- Worker satisfaction: in the history of the offices, has an employee ever been completely satisfied with the standard equipment provided by the company? Rarely - just ask the struggling IT worker.
- Increased productivity: emphasizing “bring” to BYOD, an employee is more likely to work anywhere and anytime on their favorite device because they will be with them, not back in the office.
- Instant updates: The latest software and hardware updates are not up to you, but the device owner - and few are willing to ignore the latest updates and applications.