Is CYOD the New BYOD?

With the hype surrounding BYOD (Bring your own Device) over recent years, you would be forgiven for thinking that this is the way of the future. But in a recent survey a surprising 53% of companies said that they weren’t using BYOD as a policy – could this leave a gap in the market for CYOD instead?

The idea behind BYOD is that a company will have happier and more motivated employees through the ability to use their own devices. Many employees across the globe are faced with outdated machines, OS’s they aren’t used to a desktop when they prefer a desktop – so being given the ability to use their own device, or purchase something that they are happy using for their work is a great idea… in theory.

BYOD Concerns

What is often not taken in to account when looking to devise a BYOD policy is the legality surrounding the use of external hardware. For example, who pays for the use of a smartphone contract? If an employee is using it for personal and business use then it is hard to divide up the contract value and agree for a company to pay a suitable amount. Equally employees may not want to have additional software installed on to their personal machine which may limit or monitor use; this could be seen as an invasion of privacy in to their personal life – and you wouldn’t get many that would agree to this.

Another issue is that employees might see that now they are having to invest in a laptop or smartphone for work, whereas previously their company would have paid for and provided this. This is therefore an additional cost and chunk removed from their salary and naturally they may not be too enthused about this.

The rise of CYOD

So with all these issues and concerns about the implementation of BYOD in to a company, it is clear that a different direction needs to be taken in order to appease both management and employees; enter CYOD.

CYOD (Choose Your own Device) is a policy where typically a company gives an employee a list of preapproved devices and the employee chooses which one they would like to use. This means that the company can limit what they are spending on devices and continue to use preapproved suppliers, whilst employees still feel that they have the power of choice and can ideally select a machine that is similar to what they are used to working from.

With such benefits to this policy I think it is only a matter of time before companies begin to focus on implementing such a thing; ensuring that employees are happy and can work productively is key for companies across a variety of sectors and this could be a sensible route to ensuring that this happens.

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