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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

In today's workplace, an increasing number of organizations allow employees to use their own mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) for business-related purposes. Employees are allowed to connect their personal devices to the employer's network and systems, whether working in the office or remotely. This practice is commonly known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

There are significant benefits to BYOD, as it may minimize employer costs and increase employee productivity and morale. BYOD also may also allow an employer to benefit from using the latest technology without the business investment. However, there are a number of risks to BYOD, such as wage and hour lawsuits, security vulnerabilities, disclosure of confidential information, harassment claims and distracted driving lawsuits. When considering BYOD use, keep the following in mind: