According to the United Nations’ telecommunications industry, there are more than 96 cell-phone subscriptions for every 100 people in the world, and more people across the world have cell phones than ever had landlines. With mobile devices as common as wallets these days, it’s no surprise that more and more companies are instituting BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) policies. In fact, it’s estimated that 74 percent of companies are using or plan on adopting BYOD policies. While there are many factors to take into consideration before going BYOD, there is a strong case for allowing employees to use their own devices. Take a look at some of the top benefits of BYOD policies.
1. Save Money
One of the immediate benefits of adopting a BYOD policy is saving money on purchasing the devices. According to Gartner researcher Frederica Troni, “IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget.” And while BYOD can certainly help curb the budget of large enterprises, it’s perhaps even more valuable for start-ups and small businesses who’s success or failure can be determined by even just a few purchasing decisions.
2. Improve Employee Onboarding Process
It’s clear that there are two teams in the mobile world: team iPhone and team Android. Regardless of which team you’re on, one thing is true: changing teams isn’t easy. Adopting a BYOD policy allows employees to work with devices that they are most familiar with. When new employees join, the company can focus on training them on specific processes and programs rather than having to devote time to their learning curve on various devices. What’s more, allowing employees to use their own devices can reduce errors along the way.
3. Stay Up to Date
These days it seems that there is a better, faster, smarter mobile device coming out every day. And regardless of the size of your business or your IT budget, it’s safe to say that outfitting your employees with the latest devices would be pretty tough and expensive. Many employees on the other hand, update their own devices regularly. In fact, 44% of Americans said that they upgrade their device as soon as their carrier allows. When adopting a BYOD policy, you’re outfitting your staff with the latest tools and technology so that they can not only work efficiently on their own, but impress in public as well. Many of the latest devices feature some of the fastest mobile processors from Snapdragon so your employees can write emails, work within apps, take video calls and more, all from their own device, without the pain of outdate technology.
4. Round-the-Clock Access to Information
One of the more obvious benefits of BYOD policies is that laptops, tablets and mobile devices are all mobile and your employees can have access to all of their files anytime, anywhere. While that may be a pro and a con for some employees, the truth is that there is nothing more frustrating than realizing that an important document you need is on the office computer. Remote access via cloud storage is especially helpful for employees who travel often for business. No more keeping track of multiple devices or asking people to email you confidential files. BYOD makes it easy for all employees to get what they need, when they need it.
5. Reduce Time Spent on IT Troubleshooting
In today’s world, the IT department reigns supreme. But while many people think of IT as the department you call when something has gone awry, the truth is that it has better uses for driving businesses forward. When employees are able to utilize their own device, they are less likely to have questions about common processes. And, when there is a glitch within the device it will often fall into the hands of the carrier to resolve, not the IT department. That leaves more time for organizations to focus on building proprietary solutions and unique workflows that drive their business forward, and better serve their customers.
6. Reduce stress and Improve Employee Health
According to this article I found onwww.positivehealthwellness.com, technology has a way of reducing stress and this is true. Technology reduces considerably the amount of time we spend on each task. With the introduction of new applications and softwares, life becomes easier, employees are happier and healthier. There are many portable devices that employees can be encouraged to bring to work which monitor key health indices like blood sugar level, blood pressure and so on. There are apps and devices that can also monitor your weight loss efforts.
Have you instituted a BYOD policy in your organization? Tell us some of the unexpected benefits in the comments below!