More and more companies are turning to such web collaboration solutions as Prime Call Cloud MeetMe, which puts anyone with a mobile device just a click away from the sort of top notch video collaboration that used to exist only in the conference room. To take full advantage of this new flexibility and mobility, however, it is imperative that employees have access to mobile technology with which they are familiar and comfortable. Of course, you could provide tablets and phones to your employees, but why bother? The vast majority of people already own such devices. They know how to use them. They want to use them. And a service like Prime Call Cloud MeetMe is compatible with pretty much any mobile device. So institute a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy and enjoy the following benefits.
Save Time and Money
Letting employees use their own devices obviates the need for a costly investment in the latest technology. The cost of keeping tech up to date is transferred to the employee. You probably won’t be able to update your devices on a regular basis, but your employees likely will. So your staff will have access to the latest and greatest features and capabilities, at no cost to you. And your employees will already know the ins and outs of their own phones or devices, so there won’t be any need for training. They’ll be ready to go immediately.
Make Your Employees Happy
For better or worse, our devices are our constant companions. It might not be healthy to feel so attached to a little machine, but that’s just the way it is. People want to be with their phones. It’s how they engage with the parts of the world that matter most to them. Employers would be wise to keep this minor human frailty in mind. A happy employee will do better work.
Give IT a Break
People might not know much about what happens under the hood of their work-issued devices, but the amount of time spent on a personal device has rendered pretty much everyone an expert on issues that might arise with their own phone or tablet. Letting people work on devices with which they are already familiar will cut down considerably on the time IT spends troubleshooting device issues. And then IT can focus on the big picture stuff that only they can (and should) handle.
A plumber will do a better job with pipe cutters she is familiar with. A painter will paint a better picture with his own brushes. A mechanic will get a car fixed faster in a garage he’s organized himself. An office worker is no different--with tools that work for them, they will do better work for you.
A BYOD policy might bring some some of your employees’ personal lives into the workplace, which might not sit well with you, but consider this: work will be going home with them on that same device. Which means they will be more accessible after business hours, as well as more amenable to working from home, if need be. This is a good thing for you and your company.
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