Should you allow employees to bring their own devices to work?
It may enhance productivity and workplace satisfaction. While having a policy in place before the transition occurs may be a sage piece of advice, the truth is that any transformation is dynamic.
While general guidelines can help guide the process, resilience is vital for the transition to evolve naturally with changing business needs.
And of course, along with the potential rewards come the potential risks. For business leaders flirting with a “bring your own device” (BYOD) transformation, here are four points to consider.
1. How tech-savvy are your employees?
While many entrepreneurs cannot image life without cutting edge technology, your employees may not be as enthused or as skilled.
In work settings where employees are already tech-savvy, updating the virus protection regularly and using complex keywords may already be commonplace, along with the confidence to use sophisticated devices. In some businesses, BYOD may be more trouble than it is worth, but for others it makes perfect sense.
On the flip-side, if your employees are a part of the Millennial generation then considering BYOD isn’t an option. Consider the needs of Millennials, and involve their needs as much as possible when embracing an IT policy that doesn’t encumber them with old technologies.
Knowing the technology level of employees is important when deciding to transition to BYOD. Offering training to bring select groups up to speed may be a great use of resources if the majority of employees are ready for the transition.