28% of companies still don’t support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), despite its growing popularity, according to a survey conducted by CompuCom. So why do almost a third of businesses still choose to not actively support a BYOD initiative?
BYOD is a significant industry trend and one in which companies can’t afford to be slow to adapt to. According to industry analysts Gartner Research, it is estimated that 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018, just three years from now.
CompuCom CTO Sam Gross, believes businesses lagging in either adopting or preparing to support BYOD need to accelerate or advance their thinking and policies with regard to BYOD, so that they can meet the competitive pressure of richly enabled end users and their quest for improved productivity.
“The ‘who decides and who pays’ conundrum with respect to technology enablement is the key tipping point in designing and implementing effective IT support for the business,” he said.
And despite its rising popularity, many employers are still on the fence. But the fact of the matter is, BYOD isn’t just popular, it’s inevitable. It's time for businesses to go mobile and to implement a mobile strategy. Here are just four ways BYOD can boost a company’s overall productivity:
1. Give employees freedom over where (and how) they work
BYOD is giving employees more freedom over how they work. It provides great flexibility by allowing access to company files, info, and applications from personal devices.
It gives employees the opportunity to work outside of the office and on the go. BYOD makes the entire workflow mobile.
In addition, working from devices that employees are already familiar and comfortable with can help them complete tasks quickly and efficiently.
2. Make work more personal
BYOD can make work more personal for employees and also instil a greater sense of ownership. It removes the distinction between personal and company-owned devices, making it easier for employees to work effectively and efficiently.
3. Improve productivity and attract new talent
BYOD in the workplace can boost talent attraction and retention. It will also contribute to improved productivity by providing employees with the added benefit of workplace flexibility.
It can be difficult to engage with employees regarding company matters at times but working from personal devices addresses this issue.
And as mobile devices are used more and more outside the office for work purposes, they will become increasingly important within the office. In particular when trying to attract new tech-savvy talent.
4. Save time and money
Implementing BYOD within your organisation will eliminate the need for multiple devices, software and data plans, saving your business both time and money. Giving you access to work-related information via personal devices could also mean that companies can reduce costly operating expenses.