BYOD, or ‘bring your own device’, can be a cost-effective way for businesses to create a more mobile and productive workforce, but without a proper policy in place to govern it, a BYOD model can all too quickly lead to behavior that is counter-productive to that goal. Businesses considering implanting a BYOD approach should first work with an IT consulting firm to develop a policy that addresses some major issues associated with this model for IT governance.
1. Acceptable devices
Most small and medium businesses cannot hope to support any device in existence. Instead, a BYOD policy should specify which smart phones or tablets would be allowed to connect to the company network. These devices can be determined with the help of an IT consulting firm.
2. Acceptable usage
BYOD should not mean that company time is spent engaged in personal pursuits. The standard acceptable use policy that probably already exists with reference to the internet itself should be extended to apply to mobile devices used on the job, even those that are owned by company employees.
3. Financial arrangements
Companies differ in how they approach the matter of reimbursement. Some pay for the monthly service fees on personal devices used at work. Others pay a portion of the fee, either through an account that demonstrates how much it was used for work, or by setting on a fixed percentage of the bill. Any BYOD policy needs to specify in detail what will be reimbursed and what will not.