Back in the 1970s, the abbreviation “BYOD” meant a cheap-and-cheerful party: it stood for “Bring Your Own Drinks”. Today, if a job offer includes “BYOD” at the bottom, turning up with a bottle of cheap wine probably isn’t a good idea.
Today, it means “Bring Your Own Device”, and it’s big news for techies and businesses. It refers to the practice of allowing employees to bring their own computing kit to work.
Ten years ago, in larger organisations, it was almost inconceivable that the IT Manager would let people hook their own computers and phones up to the company’s network. It was far too dangerous or complicated. So, what’s changed? And why should small businesses care?
Well, we use more devices than ever and we are more connected than ever. Our own technology is more personalised than ever, and businesses similarly now have better tools to allow these devices to be connected to office networks without complication or danger.
A policy of allowing employees to bring in their own stuff has ample benefits, and companies large and small are wise to want to take advantage of them:
Those IT managers we mentioned before must be a stuffy old bunch, right? Unfortunately, they were right to take a conservative attitude. BYOD comes with its own set of concerns, too:
Even so, the experts agree that the benefits of BYOD in productivity and employee satisfaction far outweigh the risks. Besides, you can mitigate the risks with some judicious application of policies and technologies. Here are some key ideas:
All of this can be achieved with minimal effort and minimal cost, which is ideal for small businesses who are watching the pennies. There’s no question that BYOD brings major benefits – and fast. With the right on-boarding processes you can minimise the risks and see your employees happier and more productive whilst actually removing financial burden from the business.