Since the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has changed, particularly personal and professional interactions. Offices are vacant while video meeting rooms are full. Most employees are working from home or are otherwise remote, business travel is curtailed, the many adjustments have rolled through every sector, impacting businesses large and small.
Social distancing mandates are rampant and to remain operable, many organizations have had to quickly adopt Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. Beyond pandemic survival, how can organizations thrive given the addition and widespread use of BYOD?
If you are new to the subject of BYOD, we encourage you to read What is a BYOD Policy? Here we cover general BYOD definitions and provide tips on how you can develop a BYOD program that works for your organization.
A BYOD program can be a win-win for your staff and organization. If you have yet to implement a BYOD program, read on to learn about the potential BYOD benefits and advantages of a secure, sound BYOD program.
The major benefit of BYOD is its cost-effectiveness. A 500-employee enterprise could see a minimum annual savings of $150,000.00. According to a Cisco study, companies across all sizes that implemented BYOD programs saw an estimated employee annual savings of $300-$1300. The savings can be broken down into three categories:
- Hardware: The average end-user will spend minimally $965 on their personal device. This cost is now moved from the company to the employee and eliminates the need for companies to update device hardware. With BYOD, employees are responsible for their hardware including updates.
- Support: Hardware maintenance and device support also shift to the end-user. Dependence on IT help-desk staff is greatly reduced.
- Telecommunication: No hardware means the elimination of expensive data plans meaning additional annual savings of approximately $730 per user.
Employees Prefer Their Own Devices
Most employees want to use their personal mobile devices for work, and numerous studies have revealed that workers, especially younger ones, believe that their personal devices are more effective than company-issued devices. People are more comfortable with their own devices and has a direct impact on productivity.
BYOD Programs Increase Productivity
Increased productivity and employee morale can also be BYOD benefits.
- Companies gain an extra 240 hours of annual work per year due to mobile working which equates to 30 additional 8-hour shifts per calendar year.
- Employees who use their own devices, on average, work an extra two hours every day and are more likely to respond to work email before the official start of the workday.
- Email usage sees a significant uptick. Employees who use personal devices send approximately 20 more emails per day than their non-BYOD counterparts.
Enjoy the BYOD Benefits While Mitigating Risk
While BYOD can increase productivity and minimize costs, it also presents challenges. These include:
- Risk of data leakage or loss
- Unauthorized access to company data and systems
- Users downloading unsafe apps or content
- Malware threats
The good news is virtual mobility solutions like Hypori address these concerns. A trusted virtual mobility service provider can ease your security burden and make the adoption of your BYOD program seamless.
As the remote business structure continues to grow, operating under a company-managed hardware structure is becoming an unnecessary burden. Whether you opt for a full BYOD culture or a hybrid structure, we encourage you to find a BYOD program that optimizes productivity for your organization.
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