Businesses of all shapes and sizes are struggling with the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomena. On one hand, BYOD is a boon. Employees get the devices they like. Often they pay for them out of their own pockets, and productivity goes up.
On the other hand, support costs can also go up, bandwidth may become saturated and, if policies aren’t crafted well, employees can end up feeling cheated by their employers. Creating a workable BYOD policy isn’t rocket science, but it is a delicate balancing act. Get it right, and you’ll boost both productivity and employee morale. Get it wrong, and you’ll need to start worrying about both security risks and increasingly disgruntled workers.
There are a few BYOD mistakes that pretty much everyone knows to avoid. You need strong security in place. You need the ability to remotely lock lost device and wipe corporate data, and you must have some sort of device management scheme in place. Google BYOD and you’ll find article after article on how to handle security and management issues.
While it’s imperative that you get mobile security and management right, other seemingly smaller mistakes can be just as damaging.
Read on to learn why:
- You should avoid having employees expense mobile charges
- You must choose certain devices or risk overwhelming your IT staff
- One practice you must avoid or you may have an employee revolt on your hands