A recent phenomenon in the business world, particularly in the tech industry, is Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies, which encourage workers to use their smartphones, tablets and customized laptops to complete work tasks instead of a company-issued device.
For companies that have adopted such a policy, there are typically several motivations. One of the most important is cost. By having workers bring in their own computer and incorporate it into their workflow, the firm doesn't have to spend as much money on information technology and can devote resources to other areas.
But there are other reasons to encourage BYOD. According to a recent article on CIO.com, an IT news website, some Silicon Valley firms are using the policy as a way to lure younger workers who have become dependent on mobile technology to get things done and have a good time when they're not at work. While it might seem illogical that a worker would want to essentially donate the services of their personal device to the company, flexibility in this area has become a job perk, not a drawback.
The source points out that over 60 percent of 20-something workers use their own computing system for work activities, compared with 46 percent for 40-something employees.
There are issues with BYOD policies that a company must resolve in order to make it successful, particularly when it comes to data security. Having less control over IT infrastructure could lead to a firm having confidential information compromised.
But it seems likely that in a few years, most workers will be coming to work every morning with their computer in hand.
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