BYOD: Blurring the Lines Between Work and Home

Organizations of all sizes have picked up on the advantages of bring your own device (BYOD) programs over the past several years. From cost savings to increased employee engagement, the benefits are clearly positive. What hasn’t always been so clear is the line between work and life balance as it relates to these programs.

Accessibility

One of the most significant perks of an established BYOD program is that workers are more accessible than ever before. Since one device is used for both personal and professional communications, employees are more apt to have their devices on hand. Since so much has moved to the cloud where business applications are concerned, this also means that employees have access to work systems from nearly anywhere. As one could imagine, the line between work and home begins to fade very quickly.

Generational Variances

Multiple generations co-exist in the current employment market, and the response to the work/home blur seems to vary by generation. Where millennials may demand definitive lines around work and free time, other generations seem to be more willing to conduct work and business communication during non-traditional hours or from home. Understanding these differences within the enterprise is important. By assigning roles and responsibilities thoughtfully, leaders are more likely to select the right personnel for each and ensure a greater level of success.

Field Agents and Telecommuters

BYOD programs have made it much easier for outside sales, field reps, and remote workers to stay engaged and accessible. For field reps especially, BYOD improves work/life balance and reduces stress levels by allowing them to complete tasks requiring system access without having to report to a company location. The ability to use tablets and other mobile devices to get things done saves these employees hours of delay and added effort.

BYOD has also made it possible to create work-from-home positions, which have been shown to greatly increase productivity and worker satisfaction. Remote and field workers are also more likely to feel included in company communication and events since they’re fully connected from afar.

Benefits Outweigh Concerns

As BYOD programs came into existence, technical teams were unsure how to effectively manage security, privacy, and data ownership. Even while struggling through these growing pains, organizations quickly realized that the advantages they were seeing in better productivity and improved company culture were worth the work in establishing the policies.

BYOD programs certainly create a gray area between an employee’s work and personal life. That said, the increase in engagement and ability to add flexibility to work schedules and task completion make this gray area acceptable to both leadership and the workforce. For more information on creating a comprehensive BYOD strategy, contact BlackPoint IT Services today.

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