“Bring Your Own Device” – a.k.a. BYOD – is a term that’s received a lot of attention over the past year. As the consumerization of technology increases, so does the need for organizations to consider how they will address the trend. medium_516837660

To help you better understand how, when and why to capitalize on BYOD, today’s Friday Five reveals five ways to take advantage of BYOD in your organization. 

1) Acknowledge the Need

Whether it’s approved or not, your employees are using personal devices for and at work. Ignoring this reality provides no real benefit for your organization. Instead, consider the benefits that can come from embracing BYOD. Here are just a few of them:

  • People feel more comfortable using their own devices. Allowing employees to use what’s familiar to them can lead to a more efficient, happier workforce.
  • When employees are out of the office, they are able to continue taking calls and working on projects.
  • BYOD can be extremely cost-effective.

2) Expand Office Walls

With the use of personal mobile devices, your office effectively grows in size. When employees are traveling, on sales calls, attending conferences or out of the office for any reason, BYOD means their work no longer needs to come to a halt.

Leveraging BYOD can drastically increase productivity – simply by allowing employees to work when they are not at their desks.

3) Boost Connectivity

A recent Frost & Sullivan survey revealed that 85 percent of C-level executives say mobile phones are used in their organization. Two-thirds consider mobile devices the most popular telephony endpoint in use, even within the office. Allowing employees to handle calls on their personal phones, therefore, is just good business.

4) Create a Strong Policy

Once you’ve decided to embrace BYOD, it’s imperative to create guidelines and boundaries.

To best leverage BYOD, your company must be clear about how, why and when the use of personal devices is appropriate. This becomes even more important when dealing with sensitive documents or within regulated industries.

A policy that both educates your workforce and sets up safeguards will allow your company to capitalize on the use of personal devices.

5) Continue to Learn and Adapt

The concept of BYOD continues to change as new devices, apps, software, technology, benefits and obstacles emerge.

If you truly hope to leverage BYOD on an ongoing basis, it will be important to stay on top of this movement. Read studies, closely monitor your strategy and adapt policies to address newly realized concerns.

Put into place a realistic plan for keeping apprised of any important BYOD knowledge. However, keep in mind that each organization, workforce and policy is unique. Before making changes, consider how BYOD works within your company and how well your workforce has embraced your strategy.

What are your thoughts on BYOD? What benefits have you seen from BYOD?