Make BYOD Successful With These 3 Factors
Using personal handheld devices in the enterprise has increased recently, and using smartphones in the workplace will continue to grow as technology progresses. To collaborate on the go, enterprise employees are using their own smartphones and tablets as unified communication and collaboration tools in the office.
For employers, “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies in the office are also increasing, encouraging staff to take their own phones and laptops to work. This can save enterprises thousands of dollars on equipment, and employees may feel more comfortable using their own technology in a work setting.
How can your enterprise can apply a BYOD policy that is helpful, empowering and safe? Consider these three factors.
Make sure your technology works across devices
Maybe most of your employees use iPhones. Or perhaps your staff prefers Androids. Not all smartphones work the same, or are compatible with all technologies. The most recent data from Comscore found this breakdown of smartphone users by device:
Be sure your enterprise uses technologies that work with different smartphones when enacting a BYOD policy. For this policy to work, business leaders must use apps that work on all types of devices and formats, from desktops to smartphones and tablets.
Make sure your IT department understands all systems
When enterprises issue a standard phone, laptop and tablet, IT employees are trained on the ins and outs of this hardware. But when one employee uses an iPhone and another a Galaxy, problems can arise. Businesses can prevent speed bumps by ensuring the IT team is well-versed in different platforms and operating systems. (The most efficient way to do this is to have experts in different devices rather than expecting all IT staff members to learn every type of technology.)
Keep devices secure
When putting a BYOD policy into action, make sure you prioritize security. When employers issue standard tech equipment, employees typically know what they should and shouldn’t use it for. However, when staff is using their own phones and laptops, this might create more of a gray area. Every enterprise might handle this matter in a different way. When beginning a BYOD policy, make sure you communicate standards with your staff to keep your data secure.