According to an article published in Computer World, 6 out of 10 companies surveyed by CompTIA allow BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) because they believe that it increases productivity. Another survey conducted by Ovum corroborates this statement. This is the employee response to a question regarding BYOD across the world.
Why is the adoption of BYOD steadily on the rise?
Morgan Stanley estimates that more people will access the Internet using their mobiles than desktop computers by 2015.
BYOD helps organizations to impart efficient and cost-effective training to this “mobile workforce” because:
Organizations need not pay for the devices
This is arguably the most important advantage of BYOD. The cost of devices could be a significant burden, particularly for multinational organizations because the number of gadgets that they need provide to their personnel spread across the world will run to many thousands. BYOD resolves this problem and helps companies save precious dollars.
Learners learn better on their devices
Most of us are comfortable using our mobile devices. Aren’t we? We are adept in the usage of our mobiles because we are habituated to these gadgets. This makes learning on these devices easy, and easy learning often leads to better learning.
Learning is made simple and flexible
BYOD eliminates the need for using multiple devices to satisfy various personal and work needs. This makes life simple for the learner and he has greater freedom working with his own device than working with the organization’s property, which is governed by strict rules.
However, on the flip side, efficient implementation of BYOD could be hampered due to issues related to security. It is difficult for organizations to prevent the misuse of mobile devices because robust security measures implemented by companies cannot be extended to the mobile devices of the workforce.
Another negative implication of BYOD is that this policy extends the workplace into the personal lives of the employee. Personnel could be instructed to access the training programs on their devices everywhere at all times – at home, while travelling and even when the worker is on a holiday. This “unrestricted training” often alters the work-life balance of employees, thereby affecting their performance.
In spite of these problems, BYOD is increasingly becoming an integral part of corporate training strategies because it helps deliver highly flexible and effective training at reduced cost. What do you think?