As a business owner, whenever they are on the road - do they use their own devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops to keep updated on new business emails, work on company projects or a means to contact clients?
Yes to BYOD or No to BYOD? This is the question that is actually dominating the internal communication departments across the globe and sparking fires of discussion all over the Internet. And if the answer is a NO, then the business clearly needs to catch up; you are missing out on the productive opportunity that is now being accepted in most businesses.
BYOD is defined by Google as the practice of allowing employees of an organization to get their own personal devices or gadgets for work purposes. With the sharp increase in the number of companies taking advantage of all the BYOD offers and several other initialisms have also been developed, such as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), CYOD (Choose Your Own Device), and BYOA (Bring Your Own Application). The variety of terms alone mirrors the level of importance to which these practices have ascended.
Here are the 6 top reasons why BYOD is a must and actually makes sense:
Increase in Productivity
Every business wants to increase their office employees so the productivity can be increased and with the implementation of BYOD, it is actually possible.
If companies allow their employees to use their personal devices for work - then the companies are giving its employees the privilege to work for home or from any place, which automatically helps in increasing the number workforce. Providing the flexibility to the employees to work on their own timeframe plays the role of a game change. Also, by allowing employees to bring their own devices helps in organizing and answering important business e-mails from anywhere. At the same time, every employee has the freedom to still be connected with their personal life via social media networks.
It Helps In Connecting All The Age Group
Connecting employees from different age groups are one of the most necessary things that every company should do and any business that does not consider BYOD are missing out a big change. The Younger generation is more adept at using smartphones, tablets, and similar devices more than older employees and connecting age groups is a great idea to exchange thoughts and knowledge.
By implementing BYOD culture in a company, older employees get the opportunity to be exposed to new gadgets and devices to improve their productivity. This culture of implementing BYOD also promotes the possibility for others to work at home giving others time to work in an environment that is more conducive to work productivity.
Helps In Lowering The It Spending
No company wants to spend a massive amount of money on their assets. Every company wants to spend less and gain more. And BYOD actually helps companies to lower their IT spending.
The implementation of BYOD in a business gave birth to a new trend called "the Consumerization of IT". And this all-new trend is becoming very popular in large corporations and government agencies. By allowing employees to bring their devices to work, expenditures of many companies are decreasing in a healthy way.
BYOD Lowers Security Risk
If a company has a well executed BYOD policy then all the valuable important company information will be stored up in the cloud, and all personal devices will act as a door giving access to the files, which means that the employees’ device is just a tool to access information. If in case the device is stolen or lost, all the company needs to do is remove the device's access. And Problem solved. Isn’t that fantastic?
BYOD makes it so simple that even the highest risk can be solved with a simple technique. Data security plays a major role in every company and it is always important to give the highest priority.
Freedom to Work from Anywhere
BYOD promotes the use of personal device usage which encourages the employees to do some of the required tasks at home, and every employee can continue working on a tablet or a smartphone in their own way. This helps in improving office communication, as emails can be quickly answered, the presentation can be drafted, and documents can be reviewed quickly.
It is crystal clear that a BYOD culture greatly enhances employee productivity and connectivity.
If we calculate, then the average smartphone user spends $965 on their device or gadget. This sky touching cost can now be shifted from the company to the employee. When a company tack on an additional $734 average per user for corporate data plans, not to mention regular updates, support, and insurance, this adds up to huge savings, more than $1,700 per employee to be precise.
So, for companies with a really high number of workers working away from the office, the discussion around BYOD is really very important. Allowing a remote workforce to use their personal mobile devices is the most trending idea in today’s industry.