BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device”, is a common topic in many companies today. Today’s focus is specifically on comm devices, as we are saving the whole laptop debate for another day.
Whether it’s a large organization trying to cope with the onslaught of associates who want to use their personal smartphones rather than the soon to be extinct
brontosaurus Blackberry, or an earlier stage shop trying to create a more “user friendly” vibe – this is a NOW issue which has to be wrestled to the mat. Just as the issue of how to handle this is ever evolving, so are the pros and cons of where to establish your boundaries.
Among the topics to be considered are:
As the CFO of a startup, this is a situation I dealt with recently. In our case, things were a little simpler than they would have been in some of my earlier gigs. Everyone was already packing an iPhone/Droid, we’re all considered “management / exempt “, and there was no established investment in infrastructure (ala a Blackberry server,company provided hardware). Given those circumstances, we established a policy which includes the following key elements:
Our take is that this is a solid approach given where we are as a company – it’s super user-friendly, it’s easy to understand, it’s cost effective, and it requires virtually no internal resources to support it (take THAT, Blackberry server support fees). The complete policy was posted at one of my favorite HR blogs, where Kris Dunn, a former colleague, also took on the BYOD issue-based on our solution (it’s worth a read, particularly the comments section). Granted, for a larger organization, some additional structure would be necessary- especially if folks are accessing internal applications and customer data. However, for many of us this policy is right down the middle of the fairway, or certainly a great start. Oh, and by the way, don’t let the obstacles that some “control oriented ” functions may throw your way slow you down – the winds of change are blowing hard and steady on this topic. It’s time to create a more progressive workplace, and just BYOD…