A BYOD strategy can bolster workplace productivity

March 3, 2015

The BYOD strategy is gaining popularity across a variety of sectors as business leaders gradually learn more about its many advantages. Perhaps the most significant benefit is its ability to untether employees from a specific place of work. This can create a certain level of flexibility that can have a vital impact on business potential.

But as more and more companies begin encouraging the use of personal devices at the workplace, chief executives would be wise to implement a sound BYOD policy. The guidelines should cover a split-bill solution and the rights of the employer and employee. It would be a proactive step for a technology that is known only so well.

BYOD and cost savings
In a recent report, Gartner noted that IT departments with a BYOD tablet program are able to support nearly three times the number of users compared to a program with company-owned tablet devices, according to Network World.

“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,” said Federica Toni, the research director at Gartner, according to the news outlet. “Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64 percent lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access.”

The research group added that 90 percent of business will support at least some facet of a BYOD strategy by 2017. Meanwhile, by 2018, Gartner predicts that there will be twice as many personal devices used for work-related purposes as there will be company-owned devices.

Enacting detailed BYOD guidelines
A 2013 study by Cisco found that BYOD could lead to employers saving up to $3,150 per employee each year on infrastructural costs and productivity, Government Technology reported. The survey added that BYOD employees increase their productivity by 37 minutes per week, compared to a non-BYOD worker. That said, a sound policy is an important step for employers so they can establish fair ground with employees who are working with their own devices.

“You need to define those parameters, that there is no additional requirement to do more work because of having these devices,” Jerry Irvine, a CIO with Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, told the news outlet. “It is only intended for the convenience of the employee. That has to be in every single policy.”