When people talk about bring your own device (BYOD) , almost without fail you’ll hear them mention one of the most often cited reasons for adopting a BYOD policy -- it makes the employees happier. You’ve no doubt heard the case made before, and some of the statistics seem to bear this theory out. According to one recent survey, 61 percent of workers said they were happier because of their employers’ embrace of the BYOD movement. 58 percent also said they would much prefer to be working for a company that had a BYOD policy in place. It seems like BYOD is a surefire way to help your workers be more satisfied with the jobs, but that still leaves one question: why does BYOD leads to higher job satisfaction? A number of reasons seem to show up that explain this trend, some less obvious than others.
Perhaps the one reason that should be clearest for increased job happiness is that employees who are given the freedom to use their personal mobile devices enjoy working with smartphones and tablet they’re already familiar with. For example, workers who love using an iPhone might not be nearly as happy if they’re forced to use a Windows Phone instead. Familiarity even goes beyond the particular device each employee is using. Sometimes it comes down to the apps, programs, and software they utilize, and all of those are more within reach when the worker knows how to work with their device.
In a related note to device familiarity, by using a preferred mobile device, employees can get more of their work done in a short amount of time. Generally speaking, the faster workers can perform their usual tasks, the happier they are. It essentially boils down to becoming a more efficient employee, and BYOD certainly provides that advantage. Employees don’t have to fuss around with a BlackBerry device they have to spend months figuring out how to use. Instead, they can dive right into their job with the device they use while at home or on the road.
BYOD may end up saving companies money in the long run, but they may also be financially advantageous for employees. Some businesses that adopt BYOD policies choose to pay most of the costs that come from workers using their personal devices for their jobs. That might include paying for each employee’s data plan or providing a monthly stipend to cover extra costs. Even companies that don’t fully subsidize personal device use may choose to instead share the costs with the employee. Either way, workers may end up spending less per month on their phone bill, which would definitely increase satisfaction.
Easier Remote Work
In today’s always connected world, even when you’re away from the office, you’re still tied to your job in more ways than one. Remote work has become a routine practice for many businesses, and BYOD can make it even easier. Under a BYOD policy, employees wouldn’t have to worry about carrying around more than one device at a time. That means no more fumbling around in your pockets for your work smartphone as you accidentally pull out your personal smartphone. This alone is enough helps employees become more satisfied with their jobs. In addition to this benefit, workers are able to stay in close contact with their co-workers and clients, which can help build relationships with new and old customers alike. A more fulfilling job is one that leads to higher rates of satisfaction.
Though there are certainly concerns with BYOD that range from security to distractions, it’s clear that BYOD helps employees enjoy their jobs even more. Assuming your company can plan for the weaknesses of BYOD, you’ll be in a better position to take advantage of its benefits. A happier workforce is a workforce that gets more done and is pleasant to be around. If you’re looking to improve your work environment, BYOD may be one essential ingredient you can’t afford to overlook.