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BYOD Pros and Cons

By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly

Do you see your business as interchangeable with your personal life? A study by Tech Pro Research indicates that 74% of companies allow their employees to BYOD. When personal devices are used for business, familiarity and convenience are enjoyed, but at what cost? What follows are pros and cons to having a BYOD policy in your company.


According to a recent study, 42% of employees use their personal cell phone at work, a testament to the eroding barrier between work and personal life. Here are the pros for implementing BYOD:

  • Business owners and managers can connect with employees on time sensitive matters;
  • Information flow is considerably sped up between business operators and employees, benefiting both the company and its clients;
  • Intel reported that its BYOD program increased employee productivity up to 57 minutes each day;
  • Reduced outlay on company-bought devices. According to a report by Cisco, BYOD companies were able to save $3,150 per employee. This can free-up money for other company priorities.


Nearly 90% of people in workplaces admit to using their Smartphone for non-business activity each day. The range is a low of 31 minutes to a high of five hours or more. A potential downside to having your employees' devices plugged into your company's technology is the chance that their personal security could be compromised by intentional or unintentional events or mishaps. Here are some important basic security measures to follow so that the personal security of employees is protected:

  • Ensure that your workforce changes the device's access code regularly;
  • Must back up personal and work data separately;
  • Must make sure that you and your mobile workforce can erase any data on personal cell phones if they are stolen;

Here are the cons for implementing BYOD:

  • Possible delay in business if a technical error involving data occurs;
  • Resources will need to be spent training employees to interact with central management applications;
  • Time spent developing special policies for your company to accommodate BYOD


BYOD has become the reality for many businesses. Despite potential cons, the overall lower cost and convenience factors mean this trend is here to stay.

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