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How To Do BYOD The Right Way, Part 1: Pros And Cons

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 09.58.22Mention BYOD in business circles and you’ll get a mixed reception. The Bring Your Own Device concept offers up some attractive perks. It’s not without its downsides though. And the first step to successful BYOD is knowing the pros and cons.

Implement your BYOD policy the right way and address the plus and minus points. This way you can take steps to minimise the negatives and make the most of benefits.

The pros and cons can vary from business to business. So let’s take a look at the common factors to get you started. Then it’s up to you to pinpoint issues specific to your workplace.

Pros and cons

We’ll start by running through the common pros and cons associated with BYOD:

Pros:

  • Lower costs*
  • Flexibility
  • Reduced training

Cons:

  • Hidden costs
  • Security
  • Device variety

Lower costs

The obvious benefit with employees using their own devices is the fact you don’t have to pay for them. Instead of buying your entire team devices for work they simply bring in their own. Sound good.

Sadly it’s rarely that simple and you can expect some costs down the line. We’ll come to that later. But for now, just know that although BYOD can be a money-saver of sorts, it’s not the real positive to Bring Your Own Device. And if expenses are your main attraction to the idea, you could be in for a disappointment.

Flexibility

The true benefit of BYOD. Of course it’s great if you can save the company some money. But too many businesses jump into BYOD purely for the cash. When the real aim is to create a more productive and flexible workplace.

Using their own devices, employees can take full advantage of better connectivity. Staff can work from anywhere, any time they choose. Which encourages a more flexible work pattern. Collaboration becomes a more streamlined process, with employees using one device for all their work. With software and platforms they find most effective and the freedom to get results in a way that works for them.

Less training

Another boost for productivity is a reduction in training. People know their own devices. Apple fans don’t spend all day complaining about company Androids. While Windows users can stick to what they know. No quibbles. No training.

Hidden costs

BYOD isn’t quite the freebie many business owners expect. Your staff will probably need some costs covered. For starters you can’t assume everyone owns a suitable device. While any data fees, software or subscriptions need to be considered. Plus you might have some upset workers if you’re not prepared to cover work related damage or repairs down the line.

Security

Depending on the nature of your business, security can be a big issue. Lost data or viruses can be serious news, but your employees probably don’t spend big on security. Security and privacy are two factors you need to consider before any BYOD policy.

Device variation

Another drawback can be variation in devices. Some staff may own devices capable of things others can’t match. Software variation and support can very across devices. BYOD means you can’t guarantee employee devices match all the features your business requires.

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