3 Five Questions to Know before Doing BYOD

employee using his own laptop and phoneA Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of employees now bring their devices to work. Meanwhile, according to Samsung’s report, more than 75% of employers said employees could not be productive at work without their phones or tablets.

A Tech Pro Research study also reported that about 13% of businesses would introduce BYOD within 12 months. At least 59% already do it.

To make the transition to BYOD easier and safer for your business, consider this information:

1. How do you do BYOD?

The simplest way to do BYOD is to let employees use their mobile devices to access work applications and collaboration tools. They retain the ownership and pay for the plan. Companies, though, should consider investing in cloud-based project scheduling and management software. Such a platform can track the productivity, location, and, most of all, level of security of the programs used.

Another option is to provide a mobile plan to top-ranking employees or those who need to be on the field. It offers greater control on the access and use of both the device and the applications. A hybrid version is to pay a part of the employee’s plan. They still get to keep and own the device.

2. How much time can one save with BYOD?

Time savings is one of the primary reasons for BYOD. Many types of research, such as the 2013 CISCO report, highlight this benefit. It said companies could save an average of $350 annually for every employee under the BYOD program. Businesses can reduce their spending on equipment, technical support, and training.

It also increases efficiency. A Samsung study performed by Frost & Sullivan revealed that employees increased their productivity by over 33%. They were able to gain almost an hour’s worth of work time. This setup may also improve their work-life balance. The same surveyed participants mentioned that they obtained more than 55 minutes of personal time.

3. How do you create a BYOD policy?

It’s always ideal to pair a BYOD program with a policy. Symantec provides an excellent outline of how to go about it. It covers some of the essential factors that should matter to businesses. One of these is the level of technical knowledge of the employees.

Are they capable of doing technical support themselves? Are they aware of the risks of accessing information in public places? It also covers designing a policy according to existing regulatory frameworks of the industry.

Learn to do BYOD with care and safety in mind. Let this information guide you.