Now that so many employees are working remotely, or negotiating to be allowed to, we must all answer the question of devices. Do you want to invest in mobile devices for your entire workforce, or allow them to use their own? There’s no single answer that is right for every company, but here’s what you need to know about adopting a BYOD (bring your own device) policy.

Save money. Obviously, if you allow employees to use their own devices, you will save money by not purchasing what everyone needs.

Higher levels of productivity and comfort. Your employees already know how to use their own devices, so there won’t be an adjustment phase or the need for extra training. And because they are comfortable with their own devices, employees would likely appreciate not being forced to switch.

More flexibility. When allowed to use their own devices, most employees will more easily transition back and forth from remote to on-site work.

Employee satisfaction. Most employees are happier when allowed to choose their own devices. And as a side benefit, they don’t have to remember to lug around, charge, and maintain two separate mobile phones or laptops.

The above information describes several benefits of a BYOD policy. But of course, there is a potential down side as well. Security is the primary concern, because use of non-secured networks on the go can compromise any accounts or data accessed by employees. If they use their own device on another network, then bring it to work infected, now your own network and every other device on that network could become vulnerable.

You might also need to implement policies regarding use of certain apps for both business and personal reasons, or the automatic wiping of certain apps upon employee termination. Careful consideration of the risks, and implementation of appropriate safety measures, is important no matter what you decide about BYOD.

To discuss this matter in further detail, call us at 888-RING-MY-TECH. We can help you debate the pros and cons of a BYOD policy, and implement appropriate security strategies no matter what you ultimately decide to do.