BYOD workers clocking in more hours

BYOD workers clocking in more hours

The rising use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have been well documented by various experts, many of which have heralded it as the best way in which to improve employee morale and increase productivity.

And it appears they have been vindicated, with a new survey suggesting that employees working under a BYOD approach are likelier to rack up more hours.

Research undertaken by BMC Software found the average BYOD employee works an extra two hours and sends an additional 20 emails everyday.

Those figures caused 76 per cent of IT managers to state that BYOD was a "big productivity boost".

It also found that one in three workers using such a policy checked their work emails before the official start of the working day.

BYOD has given many employees the opportunity to work from almost any location, using a wide range of technologies, such as smartphones and tablets.

One of the main ways in which employees can access their employer network is through cloud computing, which has made it easier than ever for workers to access relevant data.

Despite the benefits of BYOD, the survey does also insist that companies need to ensure they take the right measures to see that such an approach is implemented properly.

One of the main concerns highlighted in the survey is the fact that although 95 per cent of companies claim to have allowed BYOD among their workforce, only 36 per cent said they offered support for the policy.

Perhaps a more worrying finding is that as many as 74 per cent of companies have declined to offer educational resources outlining the best ways in which employees can stay secure within a BYOD policy. This comes despite the fact that 42 per cent of firms surveyed said they had previously experienced a serious security breach.

There is a similarly lax approach to ruling what devices can be used within a company's network. Around 45 per cent of firms said they had no policy for what handsets can be used within their network and allowed the use of any device.

If such concerns are not addressed, there is arguably a danger that the huge benefits of BYOD could be offset by security and data breaches.