Bring Your Own Device to the Workplace

December 20, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Work or play, it’s all about Android and the iOS nowadays. It is obvious that more and more businesses are allowing employees to bring their device to the workplace.

Yes, BYOD or bring your own device, is a trend that is being accepted across sectors. And, it is interesting that finance and healthcare, the two most regulated sectors are taking BYOD seriously. But it is not as popular among Government agencies and retailers.

It’s a study conducted by Good Technology, makers of enterprise mobile security software revealing this fact, and more. The survey includes 400 of Good’s largest customers with 2,000 employees or more, in October.

BYOD works good for the company as well, reveals the study; businesses save money overall by having more productive workers even when it pays the workers stipend toward a device they bring.

As many as 70 percent of respondents in the survey said they currently let employees bring their own smartphone or tablet to work, 19 percent are considering allowing it, and just 9 percent said they had no plans for BYOD programs.

Also, 60 percent of the phones brought to work are iPhones, and 40 percent Android. 95 percent of tablets brought to work are iPads; just 5 percent are Android-powered.

Size of the company is not a huge constraint. 80 percent of the respondents who allow BYOD said they have 2,000 employees or more, 60 percent have 5,000 or more and 35 percent have 10,000 or more.

Half of the companies allow employees to bring their own smartphone or tablet to work as long as they pay for all the costs, while 45 percent offer some kind of stipend for employees to use toward buying a device or a way to expense monthly costs.

Good found that most companies offer a stipend of $61 or more per month for mobile devices, some are varying stipend level by role of the employee. It helps to add to the productivity of the employees by paying them to work on the device of their choice.

Software helps the companies and the employees to conform to security standards. New mobile software can be installed on personal iPhones or Android phones that create strong separation between business data and what’s happening on the personal side of the device, according to John Herrema, SVP of Corporate Strategy at Good. He added that once that issue is sorted out, companies easily adopt BYOD.

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