BYOD policies are important but many companies don't have them

Despite the popularity of the BYOD trend many companies do not have policies to regulate personal device use.

Despite the popularity of the BYOD trend many companies do not have policies to regulate personal device use.

In today's digital era it is hard to find a person, especially someone who is employed, that does not own a personal cell phone or other mobile device. This is why the new BYOD trend in the business world has become so popular. 

However, it is important to implement company policies that regulate the workplace rules regarding cell phone use. Updating policies can be a tedious and time consuming chore, but HR software can save you time during this process. Some important factors to keep in mind include:

  • If the company is involved in a lawsuit, personal devices with business information on them are evidence and subject to be searched and seized. Clear information on employees and corporation rights will prevent conflicts. 
  • Personal use must be monitored respectfully, so that cell phones are not a disturbance at work and stored information remains confidential when out of the office. 
  • When an employee moves on or is let go, business information must be removed from their device. 

Kathy Kim discussed a study conducted by Acronis that found 60 percent of companies do not have a BYOD policy in place. In further discussions about the study it was found that a higher percentage did not even provide BYOD business use training. 

"The study also revealed that nearly 80 percent of organizations have not educated employees on BYOD," said Anders Logfren, director of mobility solutions at Woburn, Mass.-based Acronis."

When workers are well-informed and updated about company policies, there will be no uncomfortable surprise situations to deal with in the office. HR software solutions can keep your company's policies updated, organized and easily accessible so your business can run smoothly.