These days at work, it’s B-Y-O-D – or Bring Your Own Device. That’s the name for new policies where employers no longer supply company-owned smartphones or laptops to every worker.
Instead, they let you use your own personal device - for work-related emails, texts, and calls, and in exchange, employers offer technical support for your device, and even help pay your monthly wireless bill!
Bosses love BYOD because they no longer have to buy and keep track of a bunch of gadgets. Plus, studies show the policies make workers more productive - since people tend to do more work at home when they can use their own device.
Meanwhile, workers love it because they can save money on their cellphone bill, and they no longer have to carry separate phones for work and home.
It sounds like a great deal, right? But before you start using your own device for work, experts say there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- First: Make sure the policy states – in writing – who’s responsible for REPLACING your device if it’s lost or broken. Because if you accidentally drop your phone in the toilet, for example, your boss may not want to pay for a new one. And if you can’t afford to replace it right away - to keep up with work - that could be an issue.
- Then there’s the issue of: Your gadget’s security. Because some Bring Your Own Device policies allow companies to install software on your gadget - to monitor work-related emails, texts, and other files. But that means they also have access to your personal stuff too, including pictures, contacts, and your Web surfing history. Experts say it’s something you need to think about before you sign a Bring Your Own Device policy. Because once you do, you’ll be granting your boss permission to monitor everything you do on your device.
Also know this: Companies can’t require you to go BYOD, so, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to.