Why a BYOD policy is becoming more necessary

When employees can access company policies through an HRIS, it will help keep them up-to-date on any changes.

When employees can access company policies through an HRIS, it will help keep them up-to-date on any changes.

How important is it for a business to have current HR policies? At the rate in which technology is evolving, it is becoming more essential everyday.

Smartphones and other mobile devices can make individuals' daily lives easier, but at the same time, it could pose a problem to the business world. For example, what if an employee is so addicted to texting on his or her iPhone that daily workflow begins to slide? However, if a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy is never established, team members might not know or understand how their cell phone activity could be distracting to themselves or co-workers.

According to a Gartner survey, 38 percent of organizations will have stopped providing mobile devices to employees by 2016, and will instead allow employees to choose and use their own devices in the workplace. By 2017, that number is expected to jump to 50 percent.

David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said in a statement that mobile initiatives are often exploratory, and that can make IT planners nervous.

"If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business," he said.

Companies that are looking to update their current HR policies, and account for either a BYOD strategy or just for more employees having mobile devices, can benefit from working with a human resources consulting company. When businesses are able to clearly state the proper guidelines for daily behavior in an HRIS, it will be much easier for employees to keep themselves up-to-date.