How to Implement the Perfect BYOD Program for Your Company
Many large companies have come to realize that their employees are much more productive using devices of their own choice, rather than those mandated by the company. Therefore, it is necessary for any company and the future of the business, that they implement a BYOD program for their employees. However, to ensure the success of your BYOD program you need to involve your HR and IT departments plus your top management.
4 Necessary Steps to Implement a BYOD Program
Step 1: HR Department
It is the responsibility of the HR department to clearly define the policies and set the parameters of trust for all employees. HR needs to define:
- What the company expects of each employee.
- What the employees can expect from the company.
- What is the purpose of the BYOD program?
- What are the guidelines for the devices in the BYOD program?
- What hours the IT department will be available to provide BYOD support.
Step 2: IT Department
Before the BYOD program can be implemented the IT department needs to do an audit of the company’s infrastructure. Afterwards, the IT department needs to determine the proliferation of devices and their operating systems. A complete evaluation of application compatibility with different OS and web-based applications has to be determined before a BYOD connects to the network.
Furthermore, the IT department will be responsible to determine if third-party apps will cause security problems for the network. Unfortunately, to avoid network problems the IT department will have to determine what apps are acceptable and which ones are banned from employees' devices.
Step 3: Management
It is not enough to encourage your employees to use their own devices, it is necessary that you supply them with plugs for charging the devices and desk space. Your job is to help your employees connect their devices at work and supply them with the necessary software and apps.
As owner of the business it is your responsibility to purchase the apps and software your employees will use at work. You need your employees to view their devices as work devices not just personal devices.
Step 4: Bring HR, IT, and Management Together
In order for your company to succeed in a successful BYOD program you must bring the heads of your departments together. Once you bring the heads of IT, HR and management together, the head of IT will want to be in charge of this project. However, it is not the responsibility of just one person, but the responsibility of the group as a whole to make the program a success. Therefore, it is mandatory to combine all three departments to make the BYOD program work.
For more information about BYOD please read:
- Tech Target: BYOD security strategies: Balancing BOYD risks
- Information Law Group: Bring Your Own Device Security and Privacy Legal Risks
- Computer Weekly.com: Enterprises struggle with security challenge of BYOD, study shows