More companies are turning to the idea of allowing employees to use their own smartphones for work use. It's known as "bring your own device" or BYOD. But turning that idea into reality requires that both parties be respectful and responsible for the information that is stored on an employee's device. It's a bit of a tightrope walk to get it right, but it works well when everyone knows what they're responsible for.
Craft a policy that makes sense before telling employees that they can use their smartphones for work. Businesses need to protect their sensitive data from exposure on personal phones, and IT requires "backdoor" access to wipe data without touching private information. Plus, employees need to have clear rules on how and when they can use their phones when they're at the office or away from work. And don't leave out voicemail. Employees need to know how to set up voicemail on their T-Mobile phones to reflect the organization they work for. More people have switched to T-Mobile for its fast and reliable network, which means having carrier-specific setup information is beneficial.
While it does take effort to get a BYOD policy going and software setup for managing devices, it does pay off in the long run. The company doesn't have to shoulder the costs and burdens of offering devices to employees, and employees don't have to deal with carrying two devices. Read on below to learn more about how BYOD benefits both your organization and your employees.