Does ‘Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)’ have a future?

Bring_Your_Own_Device_working“Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) can no longer be stopped. In the near future employers and their staff will no longer be provided with a laptop, tablet, Smartphone or PC. In about four years, half of all employees will have to use their own private devices on the work floor,” concludes market research firm Gartner after a worldwide study of CIOs.

Gartner predicts that within four years at least 38% of employers around the world will no longer provide their staff with mobile devices. The advantages of BYOD are evident: VDU-workers’ productivity increases if they have their own devices. One also often works more quickly and efficiently with a familiar device. Consequently, this also increases satisfaction and fewer calls are made to the ICT helpdesk. Moreover, as an organisation, you save money, as a purchasing procedure for the most suitable hardware is no longer needed. In fact, with this last ‘advantage’ you also immediately confront the biggest obstacle to BYOD: how does an employee choose his or her device?

People are the weakest link: Employees choose their mobile devices based on emotion and appetite, not on ergonomics. All too often employees do a lot of typing work on a laptop with an 11″ screen or on a tablet. This looks nice, but it is not really comfortable. And it is even less likely that they consider using computer accessories, such as a laptop holder or a compact keyboard. But the way of working should not be at the expense of comfort and productivity. The problem with BYOD is therefore that a company has no control whatsoever over the hardware choices of staff, with all the (ergonomic) consequences this entails. For this reason, we recommend that companies adopt Pick Your Own Device (PYOD).

The most important thing for an employer is to prevent staff making choices that are based on emotion. To prevent this and at the same time offer staff freedom of choice, the solution is to put together a number of PYOD sets, preferably selected by HR, Facility and IT. The sets must include tailored hardware and comfortable accessories, such as (compact) keyboards, ergonomic mouse devices and laptop holders.

The result is:
a) Manageability regarding infrastructure, hardware, software and company data (IT);
b) Devices and accessories that match the specific work tasks and the associated workstation concept: permanent, flexible, mobile or home (Facility);
c) Computer use that is performed in a comfortable, efficient and healthy way (HR).

Source: BakkerElkhuizen
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