A new breed of employees is in the offing, one which is constantly on the move, expecting to engage with employers entirely on its own terms. Hence BYOD has become quite commonplace in the corporate sector, and workplaces are emerging as hotbeds for hundreds of different devices, leaving employers challenged, but with no way out.
DeskAlerts, investigating the extent to which BYOD has penetrated the U.S. marketplace, observed that its popularity was soaring as the concept galloped across workplaces at a rapid pace, radically altering the way management and staff interacted.
"While we weren't too surprised to discover that BYOD is now more popular than ever, we were fascinated by the reasons prompting this shift,” noted Anton Vdovin, project manager at DeskAlerts.
Touting the many benefits of BYOD, Vdovin observed that BYOD didn’t cost employers anything; on the other hand, employees appeared to be more comfortable while working and hence proved to be more productive. This could well trigger wider rollouts that could probably lead to even greater engagement strategies.
Also, implementing BYOD is simple, cost effective and quick -- employees can bring their own devices, with which they are more familiar and comfortable, and start using them that very day. Familiarity with the device means that tasks are completed faster and with no real hassles. Employees feel satisfied, the employer is happy, the workplace environment becomes more conducive to working – and at the end of it all a happier workplace leads to greater productivity and hence greater profit margins.
BYOD does make a lot of sense as today’s employees are not tied to their office desks like their counterparts of yesterday. Today, they work from wherever they are, whenever they want. By giving them the same working environment whether they work from home, the office or elsewhere, employees are bound to be more responsive.
Thus BYOD creates a new mobile workforce, increases employee satisfaction, reduces costs, increases the number of applications used throughout the workforce and presents opportunities, hitherto unexplored.
DeskAlerts concludes that those who are revising or reconsidering their employee engagement strategies would do well to implement BYOD. Creating engaged employees, encompassing their devices within the workplace and encouraging them to greater productivity, is a sure way to lay the foundation of a profiting enterprise, so why not give the ‘Bring your own device’ idea a fair shot?
Edited by Rory J. Thompson