For many employees, using personal devices as a work tool has become part of their work routine. In many cases, businesses even rely on their employee’s use of their personal devices, and the BYOD strategy has been welcomed in order to add to the company’s productivity. While there are many advantages to a BYOD strategy in the workplace, companies should evaluate the risks as well as the benefits and develop a detailed policy regarding their employee’s use of a personal device as a work tool.
Let’s first take a look at some the advantages:
- Employees can work more freely and productively with a device that they are comfortable with.
- Employees can work outside of the office at any time.
- BYOD can save company funds if they would have needed to purchase additional devices for their employees to complete their required tasks.
Now some of the disadvantages:
- Important company information could be readily available on the personal device, creating the possibility of data confidentiality breaches or information misuse.
- An employee’s personal device could disseminate information to other devices, creating an uncontrolled flow of corporate information.
- Using personal phone numbers for work related communication could create confusion or complications, especially with customers.
Should your business decide to adopt or maintain an existing BYOD strategy, we suggest your policy addresses what is and is not an acceptable use of personal devices at work. Discussing the policy with employees may be the best strategy to ensure company productivity and security.
For more information about BYOD policies or security-related questions, contact Superior Technology Solutions. Visit us on the web at www.SuperiorTechnology.com or call us at 845-735-3555.
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