Your employees should have a personal mobile devices. These could include smartphones, tablets or laptops. One day, you may consider asking them to use them for their day-to-day work. This policy, known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is becoming increasingly popular among firms. But what does it mean for you and your employees?
The big advantage of BYOD is that your employees should only need to carry around one or two devices. Because most BYOD systems use cloud storage, they will always have access to their documents, wherever they are – whether at work, at home or meeting a client.
“Many workers find using their own tech for work really liberating,” says Carl Enser of Delta Comtech, one of the UK’s leading cloud computing and IT specialists. “It cancels out clutter and confusion. But it can also raise big questions about privacy and security.”
Most companies who initiate a BYOD policy start off by opening up a consultation with everyone involved. These could be from the IT department to managers and the workers themselves. The employees usually get a say in the specifics and it’s important to make their voices heard.
“If you are going to start a BYOD scheme, you need to have a solid framework – a set of rules that everyone knows and understands.
Things like: who now insures the devices, if they’re for business use?
What amount of the memory should be given to work data?
Should the company have access to monitor their employees’ devices?
Who is responsible for replacing the device if it breaks and what happens if the employee leaves the company?
“Clarity is key”, concludes Carl.
If you would like to learn more about BYOD and how cloud computing solutions can benefit your business, call Delta Comtech on 01625 443 110 or visit their website.