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Make BYOD an Asset to the Company

The key is to maximize the potential of BYOD.

Many CFOs have embraced the "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy phenomenon and understood that whatever it takes to get their employees working efficiently and productively is good for the company. To supplement mobile solutions, CFOs need to be sure their entire staff can greatly benefit from BYOD, by creating an environment where there employees can flourish. A recent Fast Company article outlined three steps CFOs must take to maximize the potential of the technologies at their own and their staff's disposal:

  1. Give employees freedom when selecting a device: CFOs who tell their staff they are only allowed to use one device with one operating system will quickly find that was the wrong idea. Nearly all Americans have a smartphone today, and by giving employees the option about which device to use, their staff will likely be much happier. BYOD is about creating efficiencies, not causing a headache for some members of the firm or its IT sector:
  2. Allow for productivity on multiple channels: The idea behind BYOD is that employees can access the firm's virtual infrastructure from anywhere with an internet connection to complete work, respond to emails and collaborate in the cloud. CFOs need to have powerful business applications to make this possible, so their team can not only be productive on mobile, desktop, and cloud interfaces, but also ensure all tasks can be carried out on each platform.
  3. Don't forget about security: One of the main factors that has been holding many businesses back from using BYOD is the security concerns associated with such deployments. CFOs must enact the appropriate level of security when creating BYOD policies. Using a mobile device management (MDM) solution and creating acceptable-use policies are a good places to start. From there, the company can begin studying weaknesses that need more protection.

BYOD Doesn't Mean 'Work All the Time'
While BYOD policies have their benefits, there can certainly be drawbacks to using such solutions. When employees have the same device for personal and business use, it can be hard to resist checking emails, evaluating progress on certain projects and communicating with other members of the team during off-hours. It's become the norm for people to always be connected to their jobs. However, CFOs must ensure that their team members are able to achieve a strong work-life balance to keep them fresh, allow enough free time to interact with family, maintain their health and exercise.

Stanton Jones, an analyst at Information Services Group, told TechTarget innovative technology and BYOD is making it difficult for staff members to understand where work ends and home life begins.

"The way we are consuming information is changing so quickly that I don't think anybody has solved that problem," Jones said. "The types of information coming in from various different channels like text messages and Twitter, not just email, have absolutely blown up the whole idea of work-life balance. And I think executives that are not on top of it and are not managing it closely will have a significant issue in the future."

CFOs Must Make Expectations Known
BYOD has made it nearly impossible for employees to enjoy some time away from the rigors of work, but by creating a set of policies and practices, it can become easier for team members to know when they should step away from their work and enjoy some free time.

Jones told TechTarget it's important to let employees know when there is a pressing matter they must respond to right away or if something can wait. The last thing CFOs want is to make their employees feel as if they are prisoners to their devices.

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