The Impact of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy
University of Maryland University College
Introduction to Writing
March 9, 2014
In the modern world, several businesses and organizations support an ironically traditional style of work. An employee wakes up on the morning of a workday, pours their cup of Joe, goes off to work, and sits down at their office desk and starts up the computer owned by the company in which they are employed. However, a new initiative, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has plans to alter this long held work tradition, namely, the structure of the workplace. The BYOD initiative proposes that in a modern and technologically diverse world, employees should now have the responsibility to trek their own personal devices into the workplace. Studies have shown that the newfound initiative will cut costs in the workforce and increase employee mobility (and perhaps sanity). It seems that the BYOD initiative has even plenty more to offer and efficacy to demonstrate in the modern working world. To support a dynamic place of work, one needs dynamic methods to maintain the cohesion of their business. A BYOD policy is the dynamism that modern companies need and for some good, logical reasons. The workplace is no longer a hands-on, document-exchanging or run-around-to-get-things-done kind of place. Electronic mail (e-mail) needs to be sent, presentations to be received, and transactions to be handled. All of this needs to happen fast, efficiently, and with as little delay and error as possible. And one cannot forget that their company must work through its routine all whilst being as frugal as possible lest that said cohesion goes permanently awry in the form of bankruptcy and layoffs. With BYOD policies, money and productivity becomes the prime factor to support the newfound philosophy. In 2012, forty-four percent of Americans owned a smart phone and of these individuals, seventy-one percent used their smartphones in the workplace....
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