BYOD now expected in the workplace: Making sure the pros outweigh the cons

May 29, 2015

2015-05-29 Tablet User.jpgNew research now shows that not only are millennials looking for employers that allow them to leverage their own personal devices for work, they expect it.

Help Net Security found that those born between the 1980s and the early 2000s are more often working outside of regular business hours. As these individuals look to maintain their independence with their working habits, they are expecting that their employer will support their flexibility and freedom.

Research shows that currently, 73 percent of millennialsdon’t expect their company to provide them with a smart device to be used for work. At the same time, however, 60 percent noted that their supervisors are increasingly needing employees to be available outside of established working hours, and 70 percent spend time on job tasks for as many as 20 hours outside of the office each week.

The study also showed the impact that an employer can have on an employee’s job satisfaction. Researchers found that half of millennials saw an improvement in their work/life balance when their supervisors allow for flexible work hours and the ability to work from any convenient location. Furthermore, 78 percent of respondents noted that their workplace environment is directly connected with their decision to stick with a position.

Overall, these findings point to one, underlying factor: BYOD is now an expected aspect of a job, as it provides the freedom and flexibility millennials look for in employment.

“It’s no surprise that millennials are highly dependent on mobile technology to support flexible and productive work habits,” said David Berman, RingCentral president. “The vast majority seem to expect to use their own devices for work, rather than the company providing it for them. That creates a bit of a challenge for companies that have to find a way to deal with BYOD as part of their business phone system.”

The pros and cons of BYOD: Addressing BYOD security threats
There’s no doubt that an enterprise-wide BYOD policy has its share of benefits. TechTarget noted that not only does such a practice help staff members be more productive and satisfied with their jobs, it can save the organization a considerable amount of money. However, company leaders must be sure that all the security issues that can arise with a mobility initiative are addressed, and that their BYOD program has more pros than cons overall.

“Policies and procedures are the first line of defense against data leaks, but you have to get employees to adhere to them,” TechTarget stated. “To mitigate risks when employees do violate policies – inadvertently or otherwise – make sure to control data and network access with two-factor authentication and use the right tools to manage devices, applications and information.”

One such critical tool is a secure file sharing platform. Businesses must provide a protected platform over which staffers can send and receive documents, without exposin