Is your company interested in integrating a bring your own device (BYOD) policy? Companies are using an increasing number of mobile devices for business work. Mobile applications, remote work, and the sheer power of mobile devices make enterprise mobility solutions more attractive to businesses than ever before. In order to facilitate employee satisfaction with mobile technology, BYOD policies allow workers to, as the name suggests, use their own devices for their work. As BYOD policies become more widespread, however, so do myths surrounding the concept of BYOD.
These BYOD myths typically come from assumptions about BYOD that come from either questions raised by tech analysts or false information that’s spread across the Internet. While some of these myths might have a basis in reality, they ultimately don’t communicate the benefits that BYOD can provide. We at Solutions Review want to debunk six of the most common BYOD myths and put them to rest once and for all.
1. You can use any device for a BYOD policy
Every mobile device is fundamentally different in multiple ways, and not every one will be suited for business purposes. If you have mobile-based solutions, such as applications, that you rely on for daily business tasks and workflows, you need to ensure that a device is compatible with those solutions.
2. Employees don’t want BYOD because of privacy concerns
Worker privacy is always a concern surrounding BYOD, but generally, employees believe the benefits of BYOD outweigh them. The fear over privacy comes from the need to install company-mandated security applications, which many believe allows their enterprise to spy on their phones. However, these apps are purely installed so that companies can communicate with the mobility management platform; they do not allow the company to examine files and messages stored on a device.
3. Employees just bring in devices and use them immediately
In order for a mobile device to qualify for a BYOD policy, your enterprise needs to perform a full test on it first. This test should ensure that the device complies with your company’s regulations regarding hardware. It should also check the mobile device for any security faults and to ensure that the operating system is updated.
4. Without a BYOD policy, employees won’t use their own devices
Even without an established BYOD policy, your employees might still use their personal mobile devices to accomplish business tasks. Implementing BYOD policies is chiefly to maintain information security as more workers begin to bring their personal devices into the workforce.
5. BYOD will distract employees
Enacting a BYOD policy will not distract your employees from work – as long as they use their devices responsibly. BYOD is not an excuse for workers to not focus on their job. It’s meant to help them feel more comfortable with mobility solutions and use a device that they’re familiar with.
6. BYOD policies are a security hazard
They can be if you don’t properly account for mobile security. When you integrate a mobile device as part of a BYOD policy, you need to ensure that the employee complies with your standards for mobile security. This can include not connecting to open WiFi networks and installing a security mobile app onto the device. Also, these security policies need to be observed even while the personal device is outside the office; when employees bring these devices home, they need to keep protecting it from
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