The term BYO usually means you’ve been invited to a party where the host wants to save themselves from supplying things like drinks or food. In the case of BYOD (bring your own device), the party is your small business, and as the owner you cannot only save yourself money but also increase worker satisfaction and productivity.
Not sure if you’re ready to RSVP yet? Here’s how BYOD can benefit your business.
With a BYOD policy, you won’t have to supply phones, laptops, and other equipment for every employee. Along with not be being burdened with the costs of purchasing equipment, you also won’t have to pay for the maintenance that goes along with most modern technology. Your employees will feel more comfortable and familiar with their own devices which will decrease your training expenses as well.
Increase Worker Satisfaction
If one employee likes iPhones, and another prefers Androids, now both can be happy with a BYOD policy. Your team won’t have to learn a new system or carry around multiple gadgets during the workday. If a company wants to install software like Microsoft Office or Photoshop on their personal computer, that employee, more often than not, will be happy to have the software for personal work too.
With BYOD, the learning curve for new equipment is eliminated because your employee will already understand how to use their own devices. A new team member can essentially jump in on day one and immediately be productive. Using personal devices also allows workers more flexibility to work outside of the office since their devices will be with them. They can carry out their job duties from home, a coffee shop, or while traveling.
Attract New Hires
Having a BYOD policy can make a company more attractive to a younger generation of job seekers. Millennials and Gen Z will soon occupy the majority of the workforce. This generation already has years of knowledge using their preferred devices. A business that gives them the freedom to use their preference can have an advantage in hiring over those who require their employees to use a company-issued device.
How to Get Started
If you’re thinking about offering a BYOD policy, there are a couple of things to consider. First, establish a BYOD agreement for your team to ensure data security is taken seriously throughout your organization. It’s important to clearly define what is expected from the staff and how company programs can be accessed. Security is always a concern, and you will want to make sure your team is equipped with a secure way to access data and applications on their device. It can be unsettling for a business owner to think about countless copies of sensitive documents and data saved on employees’ personal devices, but adopting a cloud-based environment can give you and your staff the ability to securely access shared company assets over the Internet. If you’re ready to give your employees the freedom to work from anywhere and adopt a BYOD policy, Grand Technology Solutions can help. Give us a call at (904) 606-6011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.