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The advantages of BYOD

Summary: BYOD policies have benefits for both staff and employers when they are rolled out effectively.

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has been a growing trend for businesses who are looking to keep costs down while making sure employees are happy.

To make sure these schemes are successful, a strong policy needs to be in place that makes it clear what the company expects from staff using their own devices and how workers will be supported.

BYOD – which allows employees to use their own PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices – must be fully understood and embraced by both parties for all of the associated advantages to be realised.

Here is an overview of some of the biggest benefits attached to a successful BYOD policy.

Lower costs for the business

The biggest, and most obvious, advantage of BYOD for employers is the savings it can make, as it won’t have to shell out for as much equipment. The operating costs of tech are also transferred to the user, such as updating software, breakages and waste. Employees are also more likely to treat their own stuff with better care compared to company-owned devices.

Familiarity with tech

While lower costs are the top benefit for employers, being familiar with the technology they are using are the biggest advantage for staff. As they use their devices in their personal lives, employees are likely to know their tablet, PC or laptop like the back of their hands. If a worker is used to one operating system at home, such as that installed on a Macbook, it may take time for them to get used to another like Windows. This can also be irritating and demotivating if they struggle to get their heads around it. BYOD removes this issue completely and allows staff to use a device to suits them and meets their needs.

Flexibility

BYOD policies also offer unrivalled flexibility to employees, as they can work from anywhere – whether that’s at home, at a coffee shop or even from a beach! Allowing staff to use their own device means they are restricted to working in an office, which may not be the best environment for everyone, leading to lower levels of productivity. Employers feel much freer, which boosts satisfaction and means staff are less likely to look to other companies for greener pastures.

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