Have you ever heard of mobile device management? Let us take a step back a moment. What type of phone situation do you have going on for your employees at work? If the company is small enough, or does not rely heavily on phones to do its business, then you may not need to establish anything for a phone plan.
But, if your employees use their cell phones heavily for job related purposes, then you will most certainly want to establish some sort of plan or agreement with everyone. This helps to keep company data safe, and helps to set strict rules and boundaries for those using the phones.
- Bring Your Device
- Office-Wide Phones
One option for mobile device management is known as BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. This option is when you allow your employees to use their own devices for work. It has been proven that when employees use their own devices, employee morale is actually higher, and more work gets done, both in and out of the office. And, not having to buy everyone in the office a work phone is significantly cheaper.
There are a few downfalls to this, though. You run the risk of your employees working unauthorized and undocumented hours when they take a call outside of the office. It is difficult to keep the personal and professional data separate on a shared phone. And security is a lot more difficult to maintain. They do make software that you can use on most devices that allows you to keep track of, lock, or erase data from, any phone that it is on. But it may not work on every phone that your employees have.
The other solution to mobile device management is buying the whole office the same kind of phone, to use as work phones and that is it. This is obviously the more expensive route to take. But you can be sure that it is only being used for the right things, and if you buy all of the same brand and model, then you can be assured that you have complete control, using security software, over every device in the office.
If you are planning to shell out the coin for office-wide phones, consider Apple devices. iPhone management and iPhone security are ridiculously easy on their products. There is some fantastic software out there that makes control and security a snap. The devices themselves are generally much more secure without any added software. And Apple has created their products to all work and sync beautifully together.
Even if you do not want to buy the whole office new phones, consider investing in some security software so that you can track devices, and drawing up a contract to lay it all out. Your employees should understand what is expected of them in using their own phones for company work on company time. See this link for more references: www.maas360.com