Running business today has become dramatically different from what it was like at the beginning of this century, or even this decade. To increase productivity, companies today are implementing team building strategies, flexible work hours, they employ workers from remote parts of the world, invest in their employees’ motivation in numerous other aspects beyond the money factor. And now as the newest trend we have more and more companies opting for BYOD model of organisation.

BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device to school or to work. Apparently, researchers and managers have noticed that despite obvious objections, this trend significantly increases productivity at work. As such, employers around the world increasingly consider implementing this model into their organisation.

Use of smartphones has increased from 18% in 2009 to 64% in 2014. It is the single most used tool throughout the day and not just for entertainment. Today we can shop and pay with our smartphones, and have the world of information literally at our fingertips. It is reasonable to expect that smartphones will become the most important device at work as well as our private life.

Today’s jobs, even those that aren’t primarily meant for performing over the internet, heavily rely on the information so readily available online, and 45% of millennials, not only hope to, but expect to be able to use their smartphones at work for various purposes. This is a huge percentage and employers would do well to have this mind when establishing the organizational model within their companies.

Benefits of BYOD

Saves Money

Instead of company-provided hardware and software, many companies and workers opt for personal-issued devices and apps, which is a significant saving for the employer. This applies not only to up-to-date software and technology, but updates and support when needed as well. In other words, less work and better utilization of your system administrator. Also, employees typically take better care of their own devices, and consequently – company’s data.

 

It saves, not only money, but time as well. It implies less time for training, because employees are already familiar with their own device(s). Also, according to Forbes study, it’s noticed that recording work data on a single device saves 81 minutes per week on average!

Increases Productivity

BYOD increases productivity by allowing better work-life balance. It allows your employees to access work data even outside work, while they commute, for example. They also have access to more relevant and more information necessary for completing their work – through the device they feel comfortable with. Even though it means that work will at times mix with their private life, it’s a compromise most workers are glad to make.

Increases Employee Flexibility

Related to the above point, 32% of millennials believe and expect to work flexible hours. Many employers even expect their employees to continue their work beyond the office, and BYOD proves essential in achieving this.

Increases Connectivity between Devices

This basically means that employees now have access to work data whenever and wherever they are, which is quite convenient, as sometimes you have to do just a quick something – check or modification or suggestion to a colleague – and there’s no need for going all the way to the office; you can simply connect to the company’s server, for example, and do it on the fly – by using your own device of choice.

Increases Participation and Collaboration

At school, we can expect better participation from students, better collaboration on projects, and better preparedness for “the real world,” for it’s been obvious for quite some time now that technology is the future and we better be well prepared to use it adequately.

At work, BYOD increases productivity and employees collaboration by allowing them to discuss and brainstorm at their own convenience – beyond work hours, for example, when most people have their creative peak.

So, it’s clear that BYOD trend is here to stay and businesses would do well to embrace it sooner than later. However, there are certain aspects they should consider before going full BYOD, and that’s to put a straightforward and clear company BYOD policy in place. Click here to find out how to put a BYOD policy in place at your workplace.

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