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BYOD ‘linked to increased productivity’

Summary: BYOD policies can help boost employee satisfaction and improve productivity.

All organisations, whether big or small, are keen to keep employees happy, as this has a positive knock-on effect on productivity, helping to boost businesses and drive growth. Workers that are content are also less likely to want to move to another firm, meaning it’s a worthwhile endeavour to find out what keeps staff satisfied.

While sometimes businesses may find it hard to come up with an answer that suits all to the question ‘how do I motivate my employees?’, there is a solution that will help to boost morale in the workforce and drive productivity: bring-you-own-device (BYOD) schemes.

It may seem like it is on overly-simplistic idea, but such programmes have a proven track record, with a report from multinational technology company Cisco revealing that BYOD employees gain 37 minutes of productive time per week and implementation of such schemes generate $350 (£223.89) per staff member every year.

The study – which polled 2,415 mobile workers across 18 industries and six countries – claimed that a comprehensive BYOD policy has the potential to boost the value of each mobile worker to by $1,650, a significant sum of money for any organisation irrespective of its size.

BYOD schemes, especially promoted through tech reward programmes that allow employees to pick up gadgets at discounted prices, offers workers the chance to use the technology that they love to carry out work related to their jobs. If an employee is allowed to use their own laptop that they’ve personalised rather than a bog-standard corporate-owned one, they are more likely to be responsive.

Here’s a brief overview of how BYOD can boost productivity for a business.

BYOD saves money

The most obvious benefit of these schemes is that the cost of providing technology shifts from the employer to the employee. While many workers are already likely to own a suitable device to carry out their duties, BYOD becomes an even more attractive proposition if it’s tied into a scheme where staff can get their hands on the latest tech for discounted prices, especially if the reward programme isn’t limited to laptops. The cost of hardware, data and other IT-related services moves away from the company, allowing it to invest elsewhere. A report from the Good Technology State of BYOD Report reveals that 50 per cent of organisations with such a scheme require employees to cover costs, which they are more than happy to do in many cases. The alternative is for the employer to part fund the device(s).

BYOD boosts employee satisfaction

Employees who are able to use the brands and devices they love and are used to using on a daily basis are more comfortable and happy compared to those who have to use technology that has been issued by the firm’s IT department. Research from software and consulting company Avanda reveals that two-fifths (37 per cent) of organisations embracing BYOD are more likely to report improved satisfaction among their workforce, in addition to a greater focus on “creativity and greater ability to solve problems”.

BYOD leads to employees working more

A survey from BMC Software survey notes that employees using their own technology to carry out duties attached to their job are likely to work two extra hours and send 20 additional emails per day compared to their counterparts using company-owned devices. Furthermore, the study found that one in three BYOD workers checked their emails between 06:00 and 07:00, while one in four checked then between 23:00 and 00:00.

BYOD helps business attract and retain top talent

BYOD programmes are a great recruitment and retention tool, as potential candidates will be keen to work for a company that allows them to use their gadgets, as they are already familiar with them and will not need to learn how to use different technology.

Brandon Hampton, a founding director of Mobi Wireless Management, a software and services provider advising Fortune 100 companies on wireless strategies, told CIO.com: “The way to give the greatest choice is through a BYOD programme. This can be good for industries that are very competitive for the brightest employees, such as law firms. It’s an extra perk.”

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