Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the five stages of grief, but they also apply to a blossoming trend in the business IT world: bring your own device (BYOD). For businesses looking to invest in a BYOD solution, moving through these steps and arriving at acceptance can bring about some important changes, according to Datamation.
Some businesses are beginning to cautiously examine their BYOD opportunities, and a few have already made the leap of faith. But many more are still concerned over whether or not BYOD will work for them. This, in the Kubler-Ross stages of grief - or in this case Datamation's five stages of BYOD - is denial. Some businesses don't really think employees will want to use a 7-inch, or even 3-inch, screen to work on, but they would be wrong. Realizing this is the only way to move on to the second stage.
Denial of BYOD is almost entirely based on misunderstanding. Some believe that employees want to use their iPad to goof off when their boss isn't around, or because it will allow them to multitask work with play more easily. However, this simply isn't the case. Denying BYOD drives users to find other excuses to bring their devices into the workplace without permission, rather than doing so in official capacity that will encourage work. This "anger" will only hurt the company, rather than foster the innovation and productivity that BYOD can bring.
Once a business is past the refusal of BYOD, it may begin to reluctantly accept it. Permitting some devices, but not all, or placing ridiculous regulations on the process may seem like accepting BYOD, but it isn't - it's placing an embargo on the trend to try to keep it restrictive under control. This can directly lead to the fourth stage.
With too much bargaining or control, a business may actually end up feeling as if it is losing control of its BYOD solution. This leads to frustration and could backtrack the company to the "anger" stage, or even break the system entirely if not approached cautiously. This requires a clear mind, and in the depression stage this is hard to accomplish. However, with luck, and a little help, the final stage can be reached.
With the right tools and approach to the process, a business can realize all of the advantages that BYOD offers - from increased productivity to reduced IT costs. These benefits can show the business that BYOD isn't that bad, and push the "what was I worrying about in the first place" thought. With remote access tools and the right security plan, employees can start using their devices, and the business can reap the rewards.
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