A long time ago, in a tech world far, far, away there was Windows 95. And there were dial-up modems. And palm pilots were starting to become popular. Technology, although up and coming at the time, was not advanced enough nor trusted enough for employees of small businesses to use their own hardware for work-related purposes. There was your work computer, and your home computer (if you were able to afford one). Things have changed. There is surge in a trend called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) beginning to greatly shape tech and other facets within small business.
A number of motivating factors have been driving the BYOD trend forward. For one, IT has been largely consumerized, meaning staff of small businesses readily carry devices more efficient than anything the company itself will decide to utilize. Before, such personal devices were too expensive for individual consumers, and the balance of who had the best tech equipment was on the side of the employers. But with the ease of access and lowered costs of personal devices, small businesses are beginning to prefer employees to bring in their handheld device. This is huge for small businesses discovering they are no longer as responsible for the purchase, upkeep and maintenance of such expensive devices.
The security risk is tricky, since securing an employees own personal device that may contain sensitive information important to the company can be difficult. Companies are correcting this by using resource management systems from www.netsuite.com, where you can secure your information via cloud computing. “BYOD can actually make your data moresecure. The reason is simple: BYOD reduces the likelihood of user error,” according to Wired.com.
One of the other important factors of the increase in devices employees are bringing in from home to use is their increased mobility, and ease of use. Before, employees were expected to use work computers, work phones and work laptops at work. You’d always have the workaholic who was constantly checking his or her work e-mail or doing work from home, but it wasn’t necessarily expected and was somewhat rare. With individuals using their own personal devices they can carry around with them anytime, it is becoming a bit more understandable for small business employers to hold expectations of their employees to work at any time, from any place. While this is helping to improve productivity and efficiency, some employees see this as an unfair expectation imposed by the employer. To combat this, small businesses are finding new ways to maintain job satisfaction and loyalty among their employees in return for their raised expectations.
Increased Employee Satisfaction
The upshot for employees, though, is they’re much happier using their own devices. Being able to bring in your own laptop, iPad, or other mobile personal device has its advantages if you’re an employee. You only have to use one device instead of many. You’re more familiar with your own device and can get more work done without feeling the stress of having to adjust to work-provided device. And since you can use your device anywhere, anytime, without restriction, you have great flexibility in getting work done.