Technology companies are weighing between employees using corporate devices or capitalising on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at the work station. These two ideas have their own merits to the company and the workers, although most companies may try to put their interests before those of their employees. BYOD may work best for some firms while it may not favour the production in others, depending on the nature of the enterprise.
Pros of BYOD
Adopting BYOD in a company is a great ingredient in motivating the employees by providing them with a platform where they can work from their computers while still engaging in private activities – at the work station and at home. Employees have the liberty to check, send and receive emails without worrying about being monitored by the company.
BYOD also increases productivity in the company as employees can take assignments with them that they can work on from home in the evening or weekends. Working on the same device prevents the possibility of stalling critical projects due to the absence of employees and eliminates time wastage in transferring work from one device to the other.
Cons of BYOD
Some companies handle sensitive data that cannot leave the walls of the offices as they may pose a security threat to the enterprise and its clients. Employees are, therefore, not allowed to carry any device, like phone or USB flash drive, which can be used to transfer information from the office.
Having devices with different operating systems may be a challenge to the technical department who need to repair or configure the devices to work in a certain way. In some cases, companies discourage BYOD as they need to replace the devices within the shortest time possible during a malfunction to avoid any delays in production.