Bring your own device (or BYOD) is a term that has been around since owning your own portable computer/phone was attainable. However, a huge spike in popularity was seen due to COVID-19. Tech Jury found that 67% of people are now using their own devices at work.
There are a ton of pros to BYOD, like increased happiness among employees and savings for your wallet, but is BYOD right for you?
More than two-thirds of BYOD businesses see boosts in productivity. Since they are familiar with their current devices and don't need to learn another system, new employees can jump in on day one. There is less training, confusion, and anxiety, contributing to much happier employees. One study found that “A BYOD employee works an extra two hours every day.” Since they can answer almost anything on the go, or quickly look it up when they get home, they are able to increase their speed of production.
A lot of employees are expected to answer their phones after work, so they always have it on them. In cases of BYOD, they only need to carry around one; their personal cell. This option also provides more flexibility between home and office which is very attractive to employees who are always on the go.
BYOD forces people to take better care of their devices. If employees lose or break their company’s tech, while temporarily annoying, it’s usually up to the company to replace it. This isn’t the case with BYOD. Companies also save money by no longer supplying a new phone and laptop to every new hire. According to a survey conducted by The Pew Research Center in 2021, 77% of Americans own a desktop/laptop computer, 53% own a tablet, and 85% own a smartphone. It’s safe to assume that most of your employees will have the proper technology to get the job done.
Sometimes businesses will try to cut down costs by keeping outdated technology. When employees use their own devices, they frequently replace them with newer versions. Using up-to-date technology increases production, creativity, and competitiveness.
Is BYOD Right For You?
Overall, BYOD can be a great option for small businesses or anyone wanting to cut down on costs, but that doesn't mean it’s problem-free. You are at a higher risk for cyber/network security breaches and having your sensitive files compromised. Plus, not everyone you hire will have their own portable device. If you are currently using a BYOD policy, or just thinking about it, it’s always a great idea to speak with a Managed IT Service Provider. MSP’s are experts in creating a safe workspace, whatever device you decide to work on!