BYOD: How Businesses Can Encourage Use Of Employees’ Own Devices

There are those who feel BYOD creates more of a headache than it’s worth. For others, it has undeniably transformed the way we work and they can’t remember life pre-BYOD. Either way, BYOD is here to stay and it extends far beyond its crux of employees making use of their own personal mobile devices. It has seen companies mature their thinking – no longer are they clamping down on personal devices, but instead are fully embracing them. And when all is said and done, a robust BYOD policy makes perfect business sense because it increases productivity and decreases IT costs.

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And that’s not all; as technology advances, so too does the potential of what a business can achieve through BYOD. The combination of upgraded business networks and the growth in the use of personal mobile devices means that even activities that have long been confined within the four walls of the boardroom can now be done on the go. Today, businesses are able to combine more traditional room-based video conferencing technology with flexible mobile video conferencing solutions that fit to any business’s requirements.

The benefits of adopting employee-driven video conferencing are significant. From a productivity point of view, it speeds up decision-making and enhances collaboration, while in terms of return on investment it can drive up sales and revenue. And if a business wants a BYOD policy that delivers all this and more, there are a few simple things to consider.

1. Ease of use

The simpler the technology, the less need for specialist knowledge, and the more chance it will be adopted. Of course, something that goes hand-in-hand with simplicity is reliability, so the technology has to work each and every time. BYOD helps businesses achieve this as employees are generally more comfortable using their own devices.

2. Multi-device availability

With a range of devices being used within the workplace, video solutions need to be freely available on the majority of devices and operating systems. At Videonations, we offer a number of solutions that can fit all your business needs. Our partners include Avaya, Cisco, Lifesize, Polycom and Starleaf.

3. Anywhere, anytime

Introducing a BYOD policy means more remote working across the workforce, and with this comes the need for always-connected capabilities. In terms of video conferencing, this might mean always-on virtual rooms or click-to-connect conferencing. According to research carried out by harmon.ie, 69% of remote workers in the US are required to take part in web or video conference calls – and they could be in any country (or time zone).

4. High definition

As HD becomes increasingly common in our homes, so we expect that same level of quality in our workplaces, too. While the concept of BYOD doesn’t quite stretch to an employee bringing their HD TV into the office, it is important that employers are aware of rising expectations. Once you have taken part in an immersive video conferencing experience it is hard to go back. Lifesize and Starleaf are two of our partners offering true to life, quality video conferencing experiences, where seeing is believing.

For an overarching view of what Videonations can offer your business, contact one of our experts. They can explain how video conferencing can complement your BYOD policy so it transforms your business practices forever.