BYOD giving rise to telework solutions

BYOD giving rise to telework solutions

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has gained significant momentum in the last year. Mobile proliferation in both the consumer and corporate sectors continues to increase, which has blurred the lines between work and private life technologies. 

Due to the fact that smartphones and tablets seem to become more convenient by the day, modern professionals are using personal devices for work purposes. While this has given rise to security concerns, businesses simply can't avoid embracing BYOD. More importantly, they need to be ready to allow more flexible work arrangements, as mobile proliferation has also increased the number of telework policies in the corporate sector. 

According to a recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management, flexible work schedules have been increasing. The source noted that 57 percent of organizations allowed for remote access in 2013, a slight jump from the 53 percent of businesses that permitted telework the previous year. 

The number of employees who are taking advantage of such policies is also growing. Last year, 45 percent of companies allowed more than half of their employees to work remotely. In 2012, that number was just 34 percent. 

BYOD fears abound
As the demand for flexible scheduling grows, business leaders need to work with their IT teams to ensure their offices are ready to embrace such policies. However, many organizations are biting their nails about the spike in BYOD and telework. 

In fact, XpertHR named technology in the workplace as one of its 11 scariest issues companies will face this year. In particular, the source noted that BYOD could prove to be the biggest concern for executives. 

UC can ease concerns
While the fear associated with BYOD and telework is widespread, businesses don't necessarily need to worry about how these solutions will impact their operations. With the right technology in place, companies can give employees the tools they need to stay productive, regardless of location. 

Advanced unified communications (UC) suites that include video conferencing, chat and VoIP calling can keep remote workers connected to the corporate network at all times. These systems can go a long way to keeping employees productive, as well as facilitate collaboration between staff members and clients. 

These communications channels are also capable of being accessed via mobile device, so BYOD employees can easily stay in touch with the office, even if they are traveling for business. With such useful solutions in place, executives can rest easy knowing their employees have the tools they need to be successful in a connected world. 

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