How can a BYOD policy keep your employees engaged?

How can a BYOD policy keep your employees engaged? [Image: PeopleImages via iStock]

Among the benefits of introducing bring your own device (BYOD) policies are the fact it lowers costs for employers and the increased productivity that comes with employees using the devices they are already comfortable with.

But did you know that it can also help boost engagement among your workforce? This might sound counter-intuitive, given that for many years, employees considered it a perk to be provided with the latest technology.

However, people’s lives are increasingly linked to their own devices, with social media one of the main drivers of this trend. It has become the case that workers view the ability to use their own devices as a work benefit as it allows them to remain connected to both their personal and professional lives simultaneously.

Flexibility

One of the major advantages of BYOD is that it enables flexible working. If your employees have their own devices at hand, it can make working from home – or while traveling – simple and convenient.

A recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that flexible working policies can increase engagement among workforces. This will likely then have a positive effect on teams’ productivity levels, which is a positive for the wider business.

Choice

Giving employees the choice about what device they want to use can have a huge impact on productivity, as well as engagement. Businesses that let their workers choose a device and operating system that they’re familiar and comfortable with can see better productivity.

As well as boosting satisfaction among your workforce, allowing employees to use their own devices means they won’t require any training on how to use them and will be able to work faster and more efficiently.

Convenience

It can be frustrating for staff members who have been issued a work smartphone to have to juggle that and a personal device. If this can be reduced to just one – that the employee has ownership of – the process of using the phone becomes a great deal more convenient. Making things easier for your workers will keep them feeling more valued, which can therefore affect engagement levels.

Using their own devices also allows workers to update and maintain them as and when they want, without them having to adhere to schedules imposed by the business. This will likely be done during a quieter time of the day – typically outside of working hours – which limits downtime and results in more operational hours.

Businesses have significant opportunities to increase engagement with their employees by introducing BYOD policies. However, it is important that any networks being accessed through BYOD policies are protected by implementing robust mobile device management policies.