Get Your BYOD Policy Right

So, you’ve decided implementing a BYOD policy in your office is the right thing to do, to keep your employees happy, boost their productivity, and save your business some money, too. You’ve read all the ‘do’s’ – but do you know the ‘don’ts’? Read on for more information about mistakes to avoid when introducing the new policy to your workforce.

DON’T Ignore the Fact BYOD Will Be Implemented By Your Staff

BYOD is simply an extension of what your employees are already doing – even if you ban it. Your employees will likely already be implementing a self-made BYOD solution, such as checking work emails on their mobile, or utilising their personal laptop to work from home. Because this is so unregulated, you can’t control it – you have no idea which devices are being used to access private business information, but it will happen right under your nose. However, by accepting this – and embracing it by implementing a BYOD policy – you can monitor the devices your business information is accessed from, and ensure the information is secure. Using a BYOD solution business mobile phone app, such as PiPcall, allows for a much smoother running process, that is easy for management to regulate.

DON’T Be Vague With Your Policy

When implementing any new company-wide policy, clarity leads to success – especially with a policy like BYOD, that blends the lines between work and personal equipment. When you announce you are implementing the BYOD policy, decide on – and give your employees – clear guidelines about all aspects of the policy, so that you have plans for any eventualities. For example, if an employee uses her personal phone on a business trip to make business calls and it gets stolen, who replaces the phone? Clarity between management and employees will help smooth the BYOD integration process.

DON’T Make It Difficult For Your IT Department

Utilising PiPcall to implement a BYOD policy is simple for employees and management. PiPcall is an extremely simple-to-use app that doesn’t need any special training. However, of course, this doesn’t mean that your employees may never need assistance using it. Make it easy on your IT department by sending out clear instructions on how to use the app before implementing the policy.

DON’T Let Your Employees Use BYOD On Devices That Aren’t Password Protected

You can’t control how your employees use their personal devices, but you can strongly recommend that they password protect the mobiles they are using as part of the BYOD solution. Most people choose to password protect their devices (another benefit of BYOD – people are more likely to ‘look after’ their own mobile phone), but just in case they don’t, it’s a good idea to request your employees have a password on their phones in order to benefit from the BYOD policy you are proposing.

DON’T Focus On One Operating System

Remember, BYOD is all about letting your employees use their own devices, with software systems they already know and love. PiPcall is compatible with both iPhone and Android devices, so your employees can make use of the policy no matter what device and operating system they use.

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