Our tech experts have taken a look at the advantages and disadvantages of BYOD to determine if this style of working is a beneficial addition to the ordinary.
Perhaps the most significant disadvantage of a BYOD policy is the risk to security, with employee devices not possessing the advanced security measures that office equipment will typically have. Furthermore, if devices are lost, stolen or misplaced, this could lead to unwanted, third -party individuals gaining access to confidential and sensitive information, particularly if these devices are not password protected.
Complex IT support
With all employees possessing the same computer, laptops, tablets and smart devices, it is much easier for the IT department to support staff and fix devices, should issues occur.
With a BYOD policy in place, this process can become increasingly complex, with all individual pieces of equipment having their own individual needs and repair solutions. Further complications could occur when business-wide, custom software needs to be uploaded and/or updated across all devices. This process is unlikely to be as streamlined and efficient as it could be if all staff were using equipment provided by their employer, possibly resulting in added costs to ensure all hardware is compatible with company software.
With employees accessing their devices in their own time and outside of the workplace, there is an increased chance of them accessing unsecured Wi-Fi connections, which can provide hackers with easy access to company systems and networks.
With a BYOD policy in place for your business, the need for hardware such as laptops and work mobiles, will significantly decrease. Additionally, employees will typically be more inclined to take better care of their own equipment, further reducing the possibility of having to provide alternatives should they damage or lose their own property.
With so many brands on the market, each with their own individual functionality, it’s inevitable that a proportion of staff will have to go through training to become familiar with the equipment provided by their employer. With BYOD, staff are already familiar with their hardware and often have an extensive knowledge of its features and capabilities, due to regular use. In regard to new starters, this is particularly beneficial, as they can essentially ‘hit the ground running’.
Up to date tech
With budgetary restrictions in place and an often, large amount of people to cater for, businesses aren’t always able to provide their staff with the most advanced hardware. However, the majority of devices that employees bring to work are of a higher quality than those originally provided. This could result in better presented and more thorough work being produced, thanks to additional features and more dynamic functionality.
2020 showed the world that we need to be able to quickly adapt our working patterns, and that a hybrid working approach will be here to stay.
For employees wishing for a more flexible or remote working life, BYOD could be the ideal solution to ensure they remain as productive and accessible as their onsite colleagues, allowing them to easily access their work and systems to continue working continuity, no matter where they are.
Whilst we don’t recommend a BYOD policy for SMEs and larger organisations, this could be a suitable option for start-ups.
If you do decide to introduce a BYOD policy into your business, we would strongly suggest you develop a security plan that clearly outlines regulations for employees to follow. Providing sufficient information on these regulations and the consequences of not adhering to them, will assist you in avoiding any risk to data being compromised.
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