BYOD is definately Hot Topic amongst HR professionals.
Productivity / Cost Saving Win Win? A Go-To War topic between HR and IT? A must-have for attracting and keeping employees?
In the HR Blogs and Journals one can see a wide range of ideas being written about this topic as experts in this field move from consideration to decision to enablement. Here are some trends we've seen in some recent articles.
In the first trend we see in this area, you'll see that HR & IT may differing goals and challenges in this area which must be reconciled to solve BYOD.
In this thoughtful analysis from Inside Analysis, the author cites Intel's well regarded approach to having BYOD being a formal contract between employee, manager and company. But though Intel may have a reputation as an adversarial place to work (founder Andy Grove invented the term constructive confrontation as a key part of the company culture!) they took care in setting up these agreements with the end users buy-in in mind. "..., taking a dictatorial tone in the service agreement would be counter-productive says Intel because it wanted to create a sense of collaboration between employees and IT. The firm says it tried, therefore, to make the controls practical, achievable, and enforceable."
Steve Waller, nails the key trade off and how big companies handle it vs smaller enterprises. “The main challenge for IT with any company size is security versus availability of the data. This is always a balancing act. Big business policies tend to slant more towards security, which comes at the expense of convenience and availability. Small business policies tend to slant more towards availability, which comes at the expense of security. It is this policy slant that makes BYOD so dangerous.”
A second trend is HR having their say in how the Pros get counted as wins and the Cons are acknowledged.
The authors at the HR Insight Blog clearly lay out 3 of each and then succinctly conclude the key points. "By making sure both parties understand the pros and cons, and guidelines are clearly stated, this can be a successful relationship between work and home technology."
In this post from the HR Daily Advisor blog, the authors first clearly lay out the pitfalls, especially those of company liability with unsecured devices. (Of which there are oh so many.)
However, in this second post from HR Daily Advisor blog, they lay out a number of compelling "pro's" from both employee and employer points of view. See our post on Why HR Needs a Formal BYOD Policy
The last trend builds on the first, as proactive HR Departments craft the BYOD policies in conjuction with their IT counterparts.
In this post from TechTarget, they get right to the heart of the matter. "So, the burning question today is this: How should HR craft an organization's BYOD policy so that it strikes the right balance between employee convenience and corporate security?"
The security experts at Wisegate provide a BYOD policy template that can serve as a starting point between HR and IT.
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