Using personal devices in the workplace is not a new topic and now pretty common practice across the European workforce. However, whilst many people are still talking about the effects BYOD is having on staff productivity and the remote working benefits it offers, the cost saving and corporate spending debate for organisations and users remains on the side-lines.
According to our recent research, having the latest consumer device to use in the boardroom or replacing a notepad for a tablet is proving to be so popular with employees that not only do 39% of employees now purchase their own device for work purposes, but they are actually spending more of their own money on them than they are on tea and coffee.
This is interesting for two reasons. The first reason being that users deem having items such as smartphones and tablets as more essential to their everyday lives than food and drink. The second is that they are happy to put their hand in their own pocket for the devices they want. Buying work based devices would never have been on employee’s agenda even as little as seven years ago, but now, ‘off the shelf’ devices have become so mainstream that it is now considered a business faux pas to turn up to work without one.
As a result of this businesses, are benefiting from having more devices in the workplace, which aren’t being funded by the IT budget and staff are easily able to work outside of the normal boundaries of 9-5. Whilst this might sound like a lose: lose situation for workers it is actually empowering them, allowing them to break away from their desks and enjoy working on the devices they want to be working on rather than the traditional, old, clunky work laptop.
My message to businesses who haven’t adopted a BYOD policy yet is to adopt now and put your users at the heart of everything you do. A user-centric approach is vital in empowering a workforce and whilst the amount of devices may double across the workplace, there are very easy ways of keeping track of who has what, and how information is shared on each and every device.
Whilst the initial stages might seem daunting, the long term benefits for all involved are tremendous and the money being saved by businesses can be reinvested not only in other resources, but also in employees to make their working lives easier and more enjoyable.