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To BYOD or not to – that is the question!

Scott Plunkett, Smartsalary IT Manager here – posting about the big BYOD debate.

Err, so what does BYOD stand for?

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is a policy whereby employees can use their own phones, tablets, laptops and so on to do their job, rather than using company supplied equipment.

Depending on what role you have in the organisation, you’re probably thinking this is either a fantastic idea or pure insanity!

Regardless of where you stand, organisations across Australia have been increasingly asking whether it’s a policy worth implementing – and the debate isn’t letting up any time soon.

At Smartsalary we say a resounding YES – BYOD is the way forward!

BYOD iPad

The nitty gritty

By year’s end, 1.2 billion new iPhones, iPads, Androids, Windows 8 and BlackBerry devices will be purchased globally (Gartner).

The “No thanks” camp (no BYOD) shivers at the thought of the complications BYOD introduces. Chief amongst them are:

– Data security
– OH&S issues
– Compliance issues
– Device ownership
– Network bandwidth

On the flip side, the “Why didn’t we think of this sooner!” camp can only see the benefits:

– Employees are using devices they’re comfortable with and are therefore highly productive,
– Employees can connect their devices anywhere, anytime
– It enables more flexible work practises and helps employees achieve greater work/life balance,
– It reduces IT expenditure because companies don’t have to buy hardware

Within 6 months of Smartsalary enabling BYOD so that team members could connect their own devices, the take-up rate was unprecedented – we had an average of 1 device for every employee connected daily, with numbers continuing to grow.

For me, the time for debate is finished!

If companies wish to retain their top performing employees, they will only do so by adopting an innovative user-centric approach to what devices people can use to perform at their best. All the arguments against BYOD have clear and simple solutions through either technology or company policies.

Don’t wait any longer – invest in BYOD and reap the rewards.

A Good Return For Smartsalary

Good Return Presentation

At Smartsalary, we pride ourselves on helping our charity partners whenever possible. A lot of our valued clients work in the not-for-profit sector and we’re only too aware of the great work they do.

One of the ways we assist is by raising awareness – and money – through staff breakfasts. Not only do we help a great cause but also improve staff engagement.

For our March breakfast we partnered with Good Return. They were established by World Education Australia in 2009 with the core belief that no one deserves to live in poverty.

Good Return connects Australian philanthropists with the working poor in the Asia Pacific region, allowing them to make one-to-one microfinance loans. This money is used to start or expand existing businesses.

We share the charity’s ethos that the key to lifting people out of poverty is giving them the tools and education to create lasting financial opportunities for themselves.

staff SS

Good Return’s representatives gave an enlightening presentation at our staff breakfast, explaining their work and how easy it is for everyone to get involved before running a job swap auction.

As well as educating staff about a good cause and sharing a healthy meal, the breakfast also provided a morning of good company and an opportunity for team building.

The gathering was part of Smartsalary’s month-long partnership with Good Return in support of International Women’s Day.

Their goal for the month is to fully fund the loans of 300 women, which will help more than 1500 people in poor communities. Our customers were also given the opportunity to make pre-tax donations.

I’m pleased to announce that the breakfast raised a total of $2500, including $500 from our generous customers.

To learn more about Good Return click here.


Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer
Smartgroup

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