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1 Jacqueline_Peha commented Permalink

You made some really great points about the Pros and also Cons of this BYOD issue. Last year I worked for a big corporate company which provided me with a desktop and laptop Dell computers while I am used to using Mac products. It did take me awhile to get accustomed to using a PC over a Mac which made me less efficient in the beginning. I think its a great idea to allow employees to use their own devices so they are more comfortable, but the major concern is security for sure. Especially if the employee were to get fired or leave the company, who knows what information or contacts they would take with them!

2 JaneLarkins commented Permalink

I think this topic is really interesting so I am glad you are researching about it! I have to say, I do not know anyone that literally brings their own device, but I do know a lot of people that now just use laptops. The company will buy them a laptop and it is theirs from them on. A supervisor of mine at my last internship did this – every morning he would arrive to an empty desk and just plug in his device. No one used a desktop. The mobility actually helped foster the company feel/culture because instead of brainstorming with a co-worker at a formal conference table, you could chat in the kitchen area, or sit on the couches, or at the big table that is in the middle of the room – very open, more casual. While this did not create cost savings (since the employer bought device for people), this BRO company laptop did foster increased productivity and employee satisfaction. I think that when you are satisfied and like doing what you do, in a positive setting, you are less inclined to surf the web for fun/as a break.

3 danield23 commented Permalink

Never heard of this concept, but very interesting. While i think it is a fine idea, i see the problems outweighing the positives. However, making sure employees are content and satisfied is very important because they will work harder and more efficiently. Employees who hold grudges at their places of work are almost certainly going to give less effort and care into the quality of their work. All in all, this can work so long as their is proper governance.

4 yulkim commented Permalink

This is a really interesting topic. I have been interning for the past two years at different corporations and have yet to see co-workers who actually bring their own devices to work. They always have their own personal phones and the company phone which they do lug around everywhere. Also, the laptops or computers they use are all provided by the company. But I'm glad that you shed light on this topic because as you said, BYOD is becoming a big part of IT policies and this will change the work environment. I personally agree with the fact that using my own device is more comfortable and convenient because I am already used to it. I'm interested in seeing how employees would receive this policy.

5 bstewart commented Permalink

To build off of what Jacqueline said in a previous post, I was working two internships this summer, each providing me with laptops. If you can imagine working both positions one day and needing your personal computer for a summer class.. that is lugging around three computers (They do get heavy!). Certain programs were only available on the windows platform and accessed through the company issued computer. To me, this posed more of a burden than an assistance.

This BYOD device policy, if the option could be elected by the employee, could be very useful. Perhaps instead of investing in computer hardware, they should invest in computer software, such as parallels so that Window's applications can be run on the mac platform. Also, something I would consider here is the fact that computers themselves age quickly, as new editions come out all the time. Software on the other hand can be updated easily.

6 gstarkey commented Permalink

Interesting post and informative. I personally think this trend will continue to grow however I also think that there will be a lot of hurdles to overcome. The main concerns would be related to privacy and sharing information. I would imagine that companies would put some kind of program in place that would not let users share information with outside parties? For smartphones I think this idea will work a lot better. The company I work for makes employees get their own smartphone and highly encourage that they connect it to the company data platform. I password is then mandatory to access your phone. I am interested to see where this BYOD leads in the future.

7 anamsessions commented Permalink

I like that you clearly outline this post into some of the major pros and cons of a new trend that many people might not be familiar with. The drawbacks especially were some things I had not considered. I think this raises an interesting issue with the topic of company governance and how to regulate employees. There is a fine line between overbearing management and too loose of a structure and many companies have different expectations for their employees. Ensuring that employees are clear of what the company expects in terms of compliance is key in order to make BYOD plausible.

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