With mobile devices being as popular as they are, so ingrained into modern culture, the fact of the matter is that your employees are going to have them in the workplace. They may even want to use them in a work capacity. This can provide a few benefits to a business, as long as it is managed properly. A carefully-crafted mobile device policy can help accomplish this.
Here, we’ll go into what your mobile device policy needs to cover, if you are considering integrating one or revisiting the one you currently have.
Due to its extreme importance to your business and its success, security seems to be an appropriate place to start. There are many guidelines that you should enforce among your staff in exchange for the ability to use their own device to not only protect your operations, but also to help prevent these devices from threatening your organizational productivity. For instance, it is probably a good idea to include the following:
Of course, this is not a comprehensive list (as none of our examples will be), but it is a good starting point to help you establish your mobile-based policies.
On the topic of security, you will want to make sure that you are not only protecting yourself against external threats, but also the ones that can influence your internal productivity or are sourced from within your business. In other words, you need to cover your butt. This can be (at least partially) accomplished by including a few items in your policy:
It is important to put all of these policies in writing to establish precedence.
Your mobile device policy should create clear guidelines for how your employees are to use their personal devices in the workplace, or out of it for work purposes. Many of these are largely up to your discretion, while others tie back into security and are strongly recommended. This is why you will want to include things like:
Again, this has been a very brief selection of points for your mobile device policy to cover. For more assistance designing, implementing, and enforcing it, reach out to the pros at Computerware.