It’s no secret that an increasing number of workers are using their own personal devices to get work done. According to a recent white paper from Osterman Research, 82 percent of companies surveyed reported their employees used personal devices alongside company-issued devices. As a result, many businesses are opening the doors to the concept of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD). Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers will even expect their employees to supply their own devices for work purposes. But does that mean you should follow suit? If your IT department has been mulling over whether to embrace BYOD, here are a few reasons why you should stop worrying and start letting employees be more productive with their own personal devices.
BYOD Equals Lower Costs
TechTarget notes that BYOD allows organizations to curb their capital spending on devices, plus IT departments can shift the costs of maintaining mobile devices onto employees. Companies can also reimburse employees for their own voice and data plans at a lower cost than maintaining a companywide plan.
BYOD is a Morale Booster
Happier employees are more productive employees, especially when they have access to their own devices for work. Sixty-one percent of companies allowing BYOD noted improved employee satisfaction, according to an Aberdeen Group study. Giving employees the benefit of BYOD can help in terms of both morale and retention.
The Management Tools Are at Your Disposal
Mobile device management tools make it easier for your department to effectively manage a broad range of devices and users. For instance, mobility management by BlackBerry gives your IT department a bird’s-eye view of not just BlackBerry devices within the BYOD environment, but also iOS and Android devices. An effective MDM strategy provides your department with the means to push updates as needed, as well as lock down stolen or lost devices.
Your Organization Can Finally Keep Up
It can be tough for the average IT department to keep up in the ongoing smartphone arms race, especially as manufacturers continue to roll out wave after wave of innovative smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Since employees continuously opt for the latest and greatest, that’s one tremendous aspect companies no longer have to worry about.
BYOD is Happening Whether You Like It or Not
Over half of employees surveyed by analysis firm Ovum admitted to using personal devices at work without the knowledge of IT or in spite of a ban on personal devices. Curtailing the growing use of personal devices in the workplace is quickly becoming a relatively futile gesture. Instead, company resources can be directed towards preparing the workplace for a BYOD environment. With MDM tools and education programs in place, the IT department can carefully transition towards and manage BYOD with as little pain as possible, benefiting everyone in the process.