The Pros & Cons of the Trendy BYOD Policy

November 22nd, 2013

Depending on your amount of your exposure to new innovative trends in the tech world, you may or may not have heard of the BYOD policy. BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” meaning employees are providing their own technical devices to use for work-related tasks. It is understood that BYOD policies mean the employee is not only bringing his or her own device to work, but they are also paying for it and any data plan necessary for its use.

Just like any other business policy, there are pros & cons to this issue that have yet to balance out between employee-friendly pros versus employer-friendly benefits – i.e., saving money. In terms of usage and productivity, most employees prefer to use their own devices at work as it simplifies things and saves time by using technology they are already well versed in using. They also enjoy the lack of employer interference when they are using their own devices. Higher employee satisfaction and productivity makes a BYOD policy a great idea on that aspect at least.

But the drawback to the employees is the financial factor – which is the best thing for the employers. A BYOD system can save a company around $1,300 per employee each year. But on average it costs BYOD employees around $1,700 a year for the devices themselves and the data packages needed. Doesn’t seem quite fair, does it?

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