BYOD – Productivity Party or Slacker Soiree?

Bring your own device (BYOD) is quickly becoming the norm for classroom learning as more and more College and University programs are adapting to online use. A major benefit of BYOD is appreciated through its ability to allow students to work on a familiar device from anywhere, which promotes more time-effective studies. But what about BYOD in the workplace?

Could the time-effective benefits be reaped in a corporate environment as well? A recent study by Ovum has shown that 7/10 employees use their own device at work, proving that BYOD is here to stay.

Employers that embrace BYOD often have increased productivity in mind. With the internet in the palm of their employees’ hands, they can search for information, check email, and relay information from anywhere, which is sure to lead to increased productivity, right?

Unfortunately, allowing BYOD may in fact be accomplishing the exact opposite. The internet is a doorway that opens up to massive amounts of wasted time and distractions which do not contribute meaningfully to the workday. An employee that chooses to waste time on the internet at work is wasting company resources, time, and money.

However, in school, if the students choose to waste time, they are only wasting their own time and tuition money. This is the reason why BYOD is growing popularity in school, yet remains a topic of debate for the workplace.

So what about the employers that don’t allow BYOD on the job?

The study by Ovum also noted that this activity would continue regardless of whether a CIO wants it or not,  finding that 67.8 per cent of smartphone-owning employees bring their own smartphone to work, and 15.4 per cent of these do so without the IT department’s knowledge and 20.9 per cent do so in spite of an anti-BYOD policy.

Luckily, there is a solution to this seemingly grim situation. Ensuring proper internet filtering policies are in place gives the employer the freedom to allow employees to use their own devices, and remain confident that doing so will increase overall efficiency.

The CurrentWare Gateway solution is designed to provide a means of internet restriction on all types of devices including tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Unlocking the full, productivity-escalating potential of a BYOD workplace can only be accomplished by removing the distractions with Internet Restriction Software, which leaves the necessary tools for employees to get the job done with their own mobile device.

Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu is a Product Manager with CurrentWare. He enjoys helping businesses improve their employee productivity & data loss prevention efforts through the deployment of the CurrentWare solutions.