Allowing employees to complete work-related tasks on mobile devices is an excellent way to increase the productivity of your company. While many businesses choose to provide employees with corporate-owned mobile devices, there are several reasons to consider a bring-your-own-device model. Here are three advantages of BYOD enterprise mobility management.
Less Expensive Than Corporate-Owned Devices
While the need for employees to stay connected at all times continues to increase, the cost of providing corporate-owned devices for every employee is beyond the budget of many small companies. Even if your company can afford it, avoiding the expense of purchasing mobile devices for your employees is an attractive savings method for any business.
Because employees are interested in keeping their devices in good condition, they will be more likely to take care of them and will also be willing to pay for repairs. In addition to saving on the cost of devices, employers save money on the cost of the mobile device's cellular and data plans. Employees will already be paying for these services to use their devices for non-work-related calls, texts, and internet access.
A major problem with corporate-owned devices is the task of upgrading to a new model. While some service providers will allow you to trade in the old devices for a discount on newer models, you can still expect to pay more than half of the cost of your initial purchase. With a BYOD model, employees are very likely to keep their devices up-to-date, with many upgrading on a yearly basis. This will allow your company to take advantage of the modern features found on the newest devices.
Employee Satisfaction and Ease-of-Use
Mobile operating systems have advanced in usability, compatibility, and features to the point that virtually any OS is a viable platform for a business mobile device. In spite of this, you should expect each of your employees to have their own preferences for the types of devices and operating systems that they use. Most companies that offer corporate-owned devices offer the same device experience for each employee, making it impossible to meet the usage preferences of everyone.
With a BYOD mobility management model, every employee can use the device and operating system that he or she is already familiar with. If an employee purchased a device themselves, it is reasonable to think that they enjoy using that device. This means that completing tasks on their mobile devices will be a more pleasant experience, increasing employee satisfaction and improving the quality of work that they perform.
Allowing employees to use their own devices will also eliminate the period of reduced productivity that naturally occurs as employees adjust to unfamiliar corporate-owned devices. No matter how similar two operating systems are, a single UI element that is placed differently can significantly slow down an employee's workflow.
Increased Availability Outside of Office Hours
You should not expect employees to be engaged with work-provided devices after office hours end, especially if the device they received has a different operating system or is an older model than their personal device. Employees who have both work and personal devices will often solely use their personal devices when they are away from work.
Employers who use a BYOD model are better able to reach their employees at any time. Completing work-related tasks such as answering emails on a mobile device is less disruptive when your employees don't have to switch between their personal and work devices. As a result, you will see increased responsiveness and productivity from employees who are away from the office.
As these examples show, a BYOD enterprise mobility management model offers a number of benefits for both employers and employees. Consider BYOD for your business if you are looking for ways to improve networking and productivity in your company.