Bring-your-own-device polices can make employees happy but create technical headaches and security concerns.
People increasingly expect to use their personal laptops, smartphones and tablets at work. And they do. More than 70 percent of U.S. small businesses allow employees to use their smartphones for work, according to the Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based technology research firm.
Employers with “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies can cut their costs for purchasing and administering phones and computers. Also, employees often are more productive and happier when using the devices they’re most comfortable with.
Problem is, allowing employees to use many different types of devices for business can turn into an IT nightmare for supplying tech support, securing sensitive business data and communications, and fixing compatibility issues.
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