Almost everyone has a personal mobile phone, and there are obvious end user advantages in being able to use it in the workplace; There is huge personal attachment to your mobile phone, far more than the company provided one, you know how to use and get the best out of it, it’s always with you, gives you freedom and more importantly you can make and receive calls anywhere, anytime.
Using a personal mobile for work also known as BYOD (bring your own device) has had its share of critics, especially regarding security, but many of these issues have been addressed and any company not willing to embrace the concept will now certainly be at a disadvantage as time progresses.
It used to be that IT departments drove technology, but that has changed dramatically in recent years. The ´consumerisation of IT´, has shifted the IT culture so that the users are the ones getting the latest, cutting edge technologies first, and they want to bring those devices to work.
Incredibly BYOD programs generally shift costs to the user. With the worker paying for most, or all of the costs for the hardware, voice or data services, and other associated expenses, companies save a lot of money — as much as £50 per month per user. You might expect users to revolt against paying for the devices and technology they use at work. Not so. As the Good Technology State of BYOD Report states, “50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs — and they are happy to do so.”
More significant however, is worker satisfaction. Users have the laptops and smartphones they have for a reason -– those are the devices they prefer, and they like them so much they invested their hard-earned money in them. Of course they’d rather use the devices they love rather than being stuck with laptops and mobile devices that are selected and issued by the IT department.
There are two corollary advantages that come with BYOD as well. BYOD devices tend to be more cutting edge, so the organisation gets the benefit of the latest features and capabilities. Users also upgrade to the latest hardware more frequently than the painfully slow refresh cycles at most organisations.
It is estimated today around 30% of the UK adult population, an estimated 14.2m people, carry separate personal and work phones. Not only is this expensive for the organisation, but it’s inconvenient for the staff who have to carry, manage and charge two devices, and it’s environmentally irresponsible – According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the energy consumption of the 14.2m ‘second phones’ in the UK would power nearly 30,000 homes for a year, and that is not withstanding the impact of manufacture and disposal.
In a nutshell, Bring Your Own Device is an employee-led trend that’s impossible to stem. Now is the time to act and get the infrastructure and policies in place to enable BYOD in a secure way. IT will regain control over network security, HR will attract and retain the best talent by letting staff choose the tools they want, Finance will potentially save money on not having to provide tech, the company will be actively aiding the environment and Employees will be more productive.
ConXhub leads the way in supporting companies with their BYOD policies:
- ConXhub is a rich , highly advanced solution allowing users to communicate from ANY of their company phone numbers whilst keeping their personal mobile number private.
- Only company calls are accessible by the company and all personal calls remain 100% private.
- The company picks up the tab for all company calls and billing processes meet HMRC and GDPR rules, with no end of month bill disputes.
- Company calls don’t eat the users precious data allocation and there is no need to run around in search of a decent WiFi connection – ConXhub uses the mobile cellular network, for highest quality HD calls.
ConXhub is an evolution in communications technology allowing YOU to make and receive calls from any phone numbers on your personal mobile phone, keeping personal and work calls completely separate.
Communicate from anywhere, even on the go.
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