Employers need to be more aware of BYOD costs

Employers need to be more aware of BYOD costs

Although BYOD has become one of the most popular ways of allowing a company's network to go mobile and offer the sort of flexibility needed to keep employees happy, and yet there have been some figures that have expressed concerns.

One of the most traditional concerns has been to do with ensuring the security of sensitive data, but as BYOD has become increasingly commonplace, many firms have realised such issues can often be solved by simply implementing an effective mobile device management (MDM) strategy.

Yet as more firms begin to get used to the idea of working with such a system, managers are beginning to get a very good idea as to how much it all costs.

Many businesses will offer their employees a reimbursement for the services they use on their device, and this tends to be done on a 'pay as you go basis'.

But the downside with such a plan is that it leaves the door open for employees to use their work device for personal tasks, and then ask their employers to foot the bill.

This is understandably causing a lot of businesses employing a BYOD strategy to end up paying through the nose.

But luckily there is a solution for bosses looking to reimburse their employees while also wanting to keep costs down.

According a study by Nucleus Research of Boston, negotiating bulk rates for voice, message and data services could save organisations between £50 and £60 per month.

If one assumes that employees spend at least a portion of their allocated funds on personal use, the research suggests that offering users a flat rate of around £25 a month, could be the most economic method, partly due to the fact that it saves the overhead costs of submitting invoices and the processing of expense reports, which can themselves be costly to businesses.

Although offering direct expenses might seem like a good solution, another option is to look at specifically designed hardware.

The incorporation of a total expense management solution can either be implemented as a piece of software within your system, and can even be a part of your overall MDM strategy.