The use of devices in the workplace is no longer something that employees have to hide. It used to be that personal devices had to be kept out of sight completely. But these days, employers have seen the productivity benefits in allowing employees to integrate these devices with their work. (Many employers also seem to have become a bit more lenient when it comes to seeing their employees using those devices for personal reasons in the workplace!)
There are certainly a lot of gadgets you can use in the workplace these days – some of them a bit more inane and novelty than others. In general, this is a good thing. But let’s not pretend that personal device use doesn’t come with a fair share of problems, too.
We’re going to take a quick look at the pros and the cons of personal device use in the office. It may make you tweak your BYOD policy!
The pros of BYOD
It’s not just about allowing employees the satisfaction of checking their Facebook or Twitter feeds with greater ease than ever. The practice of having employees bring their own devices and integrate it into work schemes actually helps with a process that many experts are calling the “consumerization of IT.”
The consumerization of IT sees a spreading of IT literacy. It also makes it easier for companies to connect with customers and increase the satisfaction of their employees. There are also cost considerations to think about. After all, letting employees bring their own laptops can save you have to make those purchases yourself!
BYOD policies also help attract employees. So many modern workers simply prefer to work in an environment where they can bring their own devices. For some, it’s about the satisfaction of not having something they like having around with them banned. For others, it’s because they can work better with their own resources.
The cons of BYOD
Security concerns are probably the most important drawback that you need to think about, though it may not have been the first. If you’re allowing employees to bring their own devices, then you need to think about endpoint security software. The security solutions you use in your office need to be more advanced and fluid than ever. After all, if someone other than an employee accesses one of these devices, either through theft or hacking, then sensitive business data could make its way into the wrong hands.
Another thing you need to think about is, of course, distractions. Thankfully, this hasn’t turned out to be as big a problem as many employers thought it would be. At the end of the day, most employees have always been cautious about spending work hours… y’know, not working. Just because you allow employees to bring their own devices, it doesn’t mean they’re going to start using Facebook during work hours en masse. Still, it’s something you should keep an eye out for.
In order to best harness the pros of personal devices and lessen the effects of the cons, you need to have a detailed and understandable policy regarding device use. If you have that, then you shouldn’t have many problems at all.