Employers and employees contemplate how to split the BYOD bill

January 19, 2015

The implementation of a BYOD workplace can lead to a diverse range of company-wide benefits. This explains the quick ascent of the trend, which is finding its way into offices throughout the world.

BYOD allows workers to use their own devices rather than ones that were given to them by an IT department. This means that they will have a greater sense of comfort and familiarity with their workplace technologies. There are several positive byproducts of this benefit – workers could be more engaged, productive and generally satisfied.

The trend also encourages the use of cutting edge devices and applications. BYOD devices are typically newer than company-owned software, meaning that they will usually be more compatible with system updates and the latest technological innovations.

Employers who encourage a BYOD strategy will also be able to cut costs by splitting the cost with employees. However, finding the right balance for the bill continues to be a challenge for chief executives.

The split-bill debate
CIO reported that employers and employees from a wide range of industries are divided on how they should fund a BYOD strategy. Many workers want their bosses to cover the costs. However, chief executives don’t want to pay for personal usage. This has created a challenging debate that is only at its infant stage.

“This entire section of the market is completely new,” Christy Watt, CEO of Good Technology, told the news outlet. “I think you’re going to see a lot of different mobility strategies get implemented and experimented in the next 12 to 18 months. It’s going to be a really formative time for this set of capabilities.”

Louisiana chemicals company devises a solution
Albemarle, a specialty chemicals company based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has spent plenty of time considering the split-bill debate for its BYOD policy, according to Digimonica. The company recently acquired Rockwood Holdings, which will increase its workforce from 4,000 people to about 8,000. However, Albemarle CIO Ravi Waran has implemented a split-bill module that he believes will solve the problem.

“Companies agonize over how to subsidize and fund BYOD,” Waran told the news outlet. “They’re under pressure to find a way that doesn’t cost too much and which accurately reflects the usage patterns of individual employees working in different roles, with different travel obligations. And on the employee side, there are equal uncertainties and agonies around the separation of their work and personal persona, from a privacy point of view, and whether they’re being adequately compensated for using their phone for business.”