More than 60 percent of companies now allow BYOD for employee work. That's the major finding of a survey released this week by our strategic partner CompTIA and reported in Computerworld, which is my source for this post.
If you've been a reader of this blog, you'll recognize this as great news.
I am an unapologetic supporter of BYOD. Here, for example, I provided a brief instructor survival guide in a BYOD classroom, and here I explained how our training solution, LogicalCHOICE, leverages BYOD to enhance the learning experience. I’m not going to belabor the argument for embracing BYOD. I'm just glad to see the change of attitude this finding represents.
The most popular reason businesses cited for allowing BYOD was to increase employees' productivity while they are away from the office. That's good, but to my way of thinking, it is only the beginning of the BYOD promise. When employers allow more control of work to pass into the hands of those who do it (i.e. employees), that work becomes more engaging. For employees who determine how to do their own work, work can be much more than a job. It can be self-actualization.
There was more good news in the CompTIA survey. Most companies are using positive approaches to manage employee mobile devices. The three top approaches:
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – 49%
Custom mobile apps – 29%
Moving applications to a cloud platform that can be reached with a browser – 28%
With our own solution, LogicalCHOICE, we have seen BYOD dramatically increase student excitement and reduce learning curves in unexpected ways. When you accept BYOD in your business, it creates both excitement and new ways of working, which spurs higher levels of productivity.
Apparently companies are coming to understand that BYOD represents the future. One of the survey’s other findings was that the percentage of companies planning to put formal mobility policies in place has doubled in the past year, from 20% to 40%.
How has BYOD affected your workplace? Are you ready for it?