Separating Personal and Professional: There's an App for That

BYOD (short for "bring your own device"), is all the rage these days. Well, at least you'd think so based on all of the on-line talk about it. See, e.g., this post on the WSJ Blog, CIO Report. The basic idea is that employees are using their own electronic devices, such as smartphones and...

Bring Your Own Device Part 1: Who is Demanding BYOD?

As employees increasingly demand to use their preferred electronic device in the workplace, employers are working through whether the " Bring Your Own Device " (BYOD) concept is a good idea, or an employee perk to ban for security and cost reasons. In my next few blog posts, I plan to explore...

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Part 2: Benefits of BYOD

As I set out in my last blog post, " Who is Demanding BYOD? ", the demand for bringing your own device to work may come from all corners and levels of the company. In this post, I set out the benefits of BYOD. Benefits: 1. EMPLOYEE REQUESTS: The most obvious benefit to embracing BYOD...

Bring Your Own Device Part 3: Costs & Risks of BYOD

As I set out in my previous blog posts, the demand for bringing your own device to work continues, and is largely driven by the many benefits of embracing BYOD. In this post, I set out some of the costs and risks of BYOD. INCREASED TECHNOLOGY COSTS: For every benefit to embracing BYOD,...

Bring Your Own Device Part 4: Developing a BYOD Program

In this fourth piece on Bringing Your Own Device to work, I build upon my past posts that set out the benefits, costs and risks of BYOD. So you've now decided to jump in (or some other reckless decision maker in your organization has), and you now have to develop your BYOD program. Here are...

How the Need for a B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) Policy Can Make Human Resources BEGIN to YEARN for the OLDEN DAYS

by Mario R. Bordogna Human resources used to be so much simpler than it is today. In the olden days, most HR professionals just worried about which payroll deductions to withhold, how to keep track of vacation, and whether there was an attendance problem in the workplace. Now, all the key issues...

Your Employees Are BYODing, Whether You Like It or Not

According to a survey released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project , 61 percent of Americans own a smartphone. Employers need to pay attention to this number. Ownership of smartphones has reached a critical mass in our society. Given the proliferation of these devices, it...

The Role of a Distracted-Driving Policy in a BYOD Workplace

“Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Workplace” was the subject of one of my presentations at our annual employment-law seminar last week. [*] More and more employers are adopting BYOD policies. BYOD, which stands for “Bring Your Own Device,” eliminates the need for employers to give...

Yet Another Reason to Prohibit Texting While Driving

If there wasn’t reason enough to ensure that employees refrain from texting while driving so that they do not endanger themselves or others, OSHA has reminded employers that the employer has a legal responsibility to prohibit texting while driving. “It is a violation of the OSH Act if employers...