89% of IT Departments Support BYOD; But Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?

Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Business Technology [ 0 Comments ]

BYODWondering how to make technology benefit your business? Thinking about allowing employees to bring their own devices to work but don’t know the pros and cons?

Just a few years ago, IT departments would cringe at the mere thought of employees bringing devices from home into the workplace. Their heads would spin with all the possibilities of things that may go wrong if you bring your own devices to work.

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In the last few years, however, people have opened up to the idea. According to a Cisco Internet Business Solutions survey this idea is now supported by 89% of IT departments around the world, and 69% of IT leaders feel this move is a good one.  Still people feel that there are some cons to the BYOD movement.

People who elect to BYOD are probably taking their iPads, smartphones or laptops with them to their place of employment and utilizing their choice device throughout the workday.  We have compiled a list of the pros and cons of bringing your personal devices to work to help you weigh the positives and negatives:

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BYOD Pros:

  • A reward for the business: the employee absorbs the cost for the device upfront, and most likely if the device experiences any issues that require maintenance or replacement.
  • According to research, employees who are offered BYOD are more likely to be productive in the workplace.
  • The process of work and home is streamlined.  This provides employees additional flexibility and allows better balance between both their personal and work lives.
  • Increased familiarity with the device results in company time saved.  It cuts down on the learning curve and helps employees feel more at ease as they work.

BYOD Cons:

  • Compatibility issues may arise for the IT leaders to contend with in order for the personal devices to work properly.  A lot of IT departments are slim, so this can affect automating IT processes for efficiency and having to manually check each device.
  • Virus related issues might come about if the devices are not managed remotely.
  • Companies must thoroughly consider concerns and risks related to security because the employee has the ability to take home a lot of information.  Sometimes the information may not be something of which the employer wants its employees to have permanent accessibility.
  • Businesses will have difficulty if they want to monitor their employees.  The device belongs to the employee, so the employer may have restricted access to it.

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Bringing your own devices to work is an option that more businesses are opting to use and that a number are considering.  Discuss the pros and cons for all parties involved as you make your decision to partake in BYOD.

Employers and employees should speak about any concerns they may have about the use of their own devices in the workplace in case a liability issue does arise.  BYOD will have huge implications on the future of the workplace and will guide the way to notable employee-driven progress and increased productivity and collaboration.

Bio: Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.


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