A bring-your-own-device policy lets your employees bring their personal devices to work, such as their laptops and smartphones, which saves you money on electronics while letting your employees manage tasks more smoothly between work and home. Before rolling out a BYOD program, though, you should pilot-test it to identify any issues.
To test your BYOD policy, start with a handful of employees so you can deal with problems as they pop up and add rules to your policy as needed. For instance, if employees spend too much time on personal communications, you can block the distracting sites on your Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, if your employees start getting viruses on their laptops when they bring them to work, you can pay for their virus protection. It’s easier to deal with such issues at a small-group level than to handle all your employees at once.
In addition, you may want to pilot-test just a few tools before starting your BYOD program. Maybe you let all your employees bring their devices to work at the same time but only let them run a single platform on those devices. If you use project management tools, for instance, you may want to start with one of those apps. Then you can embrace other platforms as you iron out the kinks.
To ensure everyone’s on the same page, make sure you also have a clearly written BYOD policy. Pilot-testing a BYOD program can help you gauge which devices you should allow, what security measures you need, and other practical considerations.