In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how the intersection of HR and IT has resulted in the formation of a new kind of work team. Here in Part 2, we address bring your own device (BYOD) policies and the risks and benefits of such. The BYOD concept, while not new, really got a big boost with the coronavirus crisis and subsequent rise of remote work.
HR and IT unavoidably intersect when the need arises to establish BYOD policies. Before such policies can even be discussed, team members need to understand the risks and benefits. The primary risks are threefold:
That said, there are also benefits of BYOD policies. Three of the primary ones are:
Understanding the risks and benefits of BYOD gives HR and IT a foundation on which to develop policies. Both can bring their expertise to the table. HR handles the practical applications while IT addresses the technical. Together, they can come up with great policies that protect both the organization and its employees.