Workplace Hack: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

As more and more of us are buying personal computers and mobile devices that suit us, it makes sense to introduce them into the workplace. After all, most of us would prefer to check our business emails on our personal iPhone than a company-issued Blackberry, or use our personal laptops for remote working than that clunky, 3 year old Dell laptop the IT department loaned us.

BYOD, or ‘Bring Your Own Device’, is a growing trend where employers allow their teams to work on their own devices. Most employees will work faster and more comfortably using their own, chosen technology, and employers can save the money they would spend on second and third devices for their employees.

“All in all, [BYOD] is about being innovative and helping your employees to work better… Employees want to use the devices that they are comfortable with in the workplace. They want to have the same experience at work that they have at home. People are used to using applications now, rather than browser-based solutions. By giving employees what they want, companies will ultimately benefit.” – Mark Coates, EMEA VP at Good Technology

To follow this workplace hack, you need to implement a BYOD policy at your workplace.

While it sounds simple, BYOD does carry security risks which you need to assess and address. If your team are using their own devices, you need to make sure there are adequate security measures in place. All devices should be password restricted with ample security software to protect them from hackers and viruses. Check out Tricia Meyer’s advice on preparing a strong BYOD policy for Business 2 Community.

Do you prefer to work from your own devices? Share your experiences in the comments below!

This hack is part of a series of weekly workplace hacks that teaches you about collaboration, productivity and time saving tips. Published every Wednesday.

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