BYOD helping employees to work flexibly

Monday 8 October 2012

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is encouraging workers to move beyond standard nine to five working, it has been claimed.

Tom Ball, founder and chief executive of NearDesk, said the use consumer devices is helping people to operate more flexibly.

He explained that work no longer needs to be about being at a fixed location to access IT and files - it can take place anywhere with a broadband connection.

Using their own personal connected devices, employees can be productive from multiple locations - such as the home, hotels or the airport.

Mr Ball said work doesn't need to be about set times any more - employees are able to customise their shifts to achieve a better work-life balance.

"That's great if that means more flexible working, but there is a danger we instead start to interpret this as 'all hours' working," he stated.

"Everyone needs 'off time' to stay productive and there is a danger that we all start to adopt and expect everyone to be available and able to work all the time."

Mr Ball said companies should be using mobile technologies intelligently, aiming to capitalise on the benefits of smartphones and tablets without any of the risks.

Posted by Alex Boardman