Businesses from all backgrounds can take advantage of numerous benefits by adopting BYOD in the workplace. From cost efficiency and flexibility to greater employee engagement, there’s a convincing list of reasons to let workers bring and use their own devices at the office.
However, as with any other part of company operations, a comprehensive, effective written policy is required to ensure BYOD is a success at your organisation. Here are some of the key things to include:
App and device support
First things first, you should outline which devices the BYOD policy will support. Do you want to keep the scope broad and allow both tablets and smartphones, or just one of them? Do you have a preference for operating system?
Also determine which apps are and aren’t allowed on the devices in the workplace to ensure your employees are staying as productive as possible.
Security & file management
Security and file management is perhaps the biggest concern managers have with BYOD, which is why it is an essential feature of the policy.
Clearly lay out the security protocols you intend to enact – for example, how long and complex should device passwords be, and how often should they be changed? What other kinds of locks and security measures will you implement to protect your organisation’s and employees’ data?
Every BYOD policy should be backed up by the right software infrastructure to ensure it can run smoothly and the organisation can obtain maximum benefit.
It is therefore crucial to invest in a good mobile device management solution, which can register, monitor and protect every device being used at your workplace.
The policy should also have steps in place for when an employee leaves the company, to ensure data security and privacy aren’t compromised.
Make sure you can instantly wipe organisational data on the devices of workers who leave, and remember to clearly mention this in the policy to give employees a fair warning.
Speak to the experts
If you need advice you can call on the experts to guide you through the current best practices available for BYOD in the workplace.