Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) implementation within the workplace is skyrocketing. Not only that, more and more employees and employers are beginning to implement the IT through CTO pushes alongside an increase of human resources involvement to keep processes running smoothly. As more and more workers are using their personal devices for work purposes, employers love the concept because it drastically cuts down on hardware costs. In addition, employees do not have to switch between various devices and are able to now gain access to their work from more convenient locations. But what do all of these policy changes mean for employee privacy? As more and more organizations are switching to BYOD practices, a few polarizing opinions are arising surrounding the new programs. Thankfully CTOs and the human resources departments are working to effectively keep the ship balanced.
The current BYOD and mobile data collection situation:
- 80 percent of employees – worry employers are checking out websites they visit after work, reports eWeek. Worry is not something that human resources departments like. In addition, 86% are concerned about the unauthorized deletion of personal data – via NetworkWorld.
- 82 percent of respondents in the Harris survey described the ability to be “tracked” as “an invasion of their privacy” – from this eWeek article.
- By end of year, 65% of companies will have a BYOD policy in place – check out the Arc Chart report.
- Only 11 percent, eWeek reports, of companies don’t have any BYOD plan for the near future.
BYOD adoption all comes down to a matter of trust between the CTOs, human resources and the employees. Educating all sides is essential for implementation ease and effectiveness. So far, the newness of BYOD initiatives and mobile data collection are creating a few ripples, but trust and workplace effectiveness are growing substantially with each passing day.
There are so many benefits of mobile data collection that CTOs and human resources departments want to get ahead of the curve and instill a trust of the system and its processes. Both employers and employees see trust issues arising with mobile data collection implementation. But what does that mean? How can we ease the worry and help trust permeate the workplace? CTOs are working on the solution as we speak! CTOs are intensely working right now to help protect their employees and demonstrate their competence. Many employers are drafting and creating privacy policies with the main goal of protecting the employees and fostering trust in the system as the new programs are implemented. The hope is to efficiently implement mobile data collection. Not only will the privacy policies and initiatives protect the employees’ personal data, it will also allow the organizations themselves to save a lot of time and money through the use of mobile data devices.
Take for example, BlackBerry’s new feature. BlackBerry’s Balance feature allows IT staff to navigate and manage corporate data within a device while blocking out any and all of the user’s personal information. Talk about a win-win situation! Stay tuned as more and more initiatives and improvements are done to remedy problems that arise. Mobile data collection is well worth the effort. Check out COMMANDmobile to get a sneak peak into how your company can beat out the competition and better serve your customers through secure mobile data collection solutions.