Almost three-quarters of firms now embracing BYOD
Summary: Bring your own device policies come with wide-ranging benefits for both employers and workers alike.
Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are being embraced by more organisations than ever, with almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of businesses now using such programmes, according to a survey from Tech Pro Research.
Back in 2013 the response to the same poll showed that just 62 per cent of businesses felt positively about BYOD – indicating that many firms are now realising the multiple benefits attached to these policies, both for the employer and employees.
Of those surveyed this year, 60 per cent already allowed the use of personal devices for work purposes, such as connecting to the company network, while one in ten (14 per cent) said they have plans to launch a BYOD policy within the next 12 months. Just 26 per cent of those surveyed admitted they didn’t intend to introduce the programme in their organisations.
When breaking down the data by the size of the respondents’ organisations. Those from firms with 50 to 249 members of staff were most likely to embrace BYOD, with almost three-quarters (71 per cent) allowing the use of personal devices to view corporate information, while 61 per cent of those with fewer than 50 employees permitted this.
Some 57 per cent of respondents from businesses with 250 to 999 workers and 54 per cent from those with more than 1,000 employees sanction BYOD – demonstrating that organisations of all sizes appear to understand the benefits of allowing their workers to use their own gadgets.
These figures appear to concur with a study produced by technology research and advisory firm Gartner back in 2013 – a time when BYOD was emerging as a cutting-edge trend. The report predicted that such programmes would become more commonplace in organisations, forecasting that half of all businesses will require employees to use their own devices for work reasons by 2017.
Back then, David Willis, vice-president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: “BYOD strategies are the most radical change to the economics and the culture of client computing in business in decade.
“The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs.”
BYOD’s advantages are far-reaching, for both a business and its employees, with the former able to make gains from not having to purchase equipment and the latter able to use the technology that they know and love, which could lead to a boost in morale and productivity.
Pairing this type of policy with a salary sacrifice scheme that allows staff members to purchase the most up-to-date technology – even gadgets that won’t be used for work, such as games consoles and cameras – is a natural progression. Organisations can reward their employees in a manner that is advantageous for themselves, while staff can purchase goods they desire at a cheaper rate than on the high street.