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The Pros and Cons of BYOD

With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becoming more and more popular at both work and school, the complete ramifications of people using their personal devices for both work and school is seldom fully understood. As a result, I would like to review all of the advantages and disadvantages of BYOD.

The Advantages of Bring Your Own Device
  1. Cheaper: Companies and schools are spending less money on electronic devices than they may have previously provided to their employees and students.

  2. Flexibility: With users able to work anywhere and anytime (such as on a train, subway, bus, car, restaurant, at home, etc.), this provides an enormous flexibility of when and where users can work. Employees and students really appreciate a less rigid work and school schedule around their personal lives.
  3. Productivity: With increased flexibility, productivity also increases too, especially with fewer periods of time when users are not doing anything.
  4. Responses: Using personal devices drastically increase response times that all employers appreciate.
  5. Choice: Giving each user the preference of choice of what device that they would like to use increases job satisfaction, thus further increasing productivity and response times because of less user training.
  6. Fewer Devices: Employees and students no longer need to carry both personal and work devices. A single device is all that is needed.

The Disadvantages of Bring Your Own Device
  1. Security: Without a doubt, security is the biggest disadvantage with BOYD. For instance, data breaches increase drastically with personal devices.
  2. Liability: If and when an employee’s device is stolen, who has liability? Typically, both the employer and employee share responsibility, even if the employer’s data and access increases the likelihood of the device being stolen.
  3. Employee Cost: While BYOD is cheaper for employers, it can increase costs to the employees, such as employees needing to purchase a new device that can support newer features and/or applications. Additionally, employees may need to purchase a larger and more expensive data plan. It is inconsistent if employers help pay for these BYOD costs.
  4. Employer Cost: While BYOD is cheaper for employers from a device and data plan viewpoint, BYOD increases IT support since the IT department now needs to support a larger number of devices, compatibility issues, and applications that are probably running different versions of each software.
  5. Personal Time: BYOD decreases personal time and down time, thus decreasing recharge time that all employees need.
  6. Distraction: BYOD removes the line between personal and work time, thus distracting employees at work and at home.
  7. Privacy: Employees are concerned that their private information on their devices are being accessed by their employers. And employers are concerned that company information is made more available to non-employees.
  8. Phone Number: When an employee leaves a company, they typically keep their personal devices as well as their phone number. Employers sometimes want those phone numbers for continued customer support.
While BYOD has several major advantages, they also have a lot of disadvantages. It is up to employers and employees to work together to determine if using personal devices for work is the right fit for them. I hope with this information, you can make this decision more easily.

by Phil for Humanity
on 06/14/2013

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