How Could BYOD Reduce Costs in Your Business?
‘Bring your own device’ is a new rule that many companies are implementing for their employees as a way to reduce costs. At the end of 2017, 50% of companies applied this rule for their workers. While there are some great benefits to using a Unified Communications (UC) system with employees own phones, there are also some things you need to be careful of like the potential loss of productivity. But, as a way to reduce costs for a company, it’s the perfect solution for small and medium-based businesses who don’t have the budget for complicated and unnecessary communication systems.
Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of implementing a BYOD at your workplace, and how s3 Communications can help you with Unified Communications.
Things to Be Careful Of
BYOD isn’t always a perfect solution, as there are some things that you will need to consider before diving head-first into this option. You need to remember that with an employee-owned phone comes an employee-owned number. This can come with various issues; the first being that if a new, potential client calls this number, an employee has no way of knowing who the caller is. This could lead them to answer the phone in a less-professional manner, as they may not always remember (or want to) answer the phone with a company-chosen phrase like ‘hello this is John from…’. You have no way of monitoring this, and it could lead to loss of clients over time who see this as unprofessional.
There is also the potential loss of productivity to consider by asking your employees to use their own phones. While the phone is meant to be used for work-related calls during working hours, the device has apps, personal contacts and much more that can distract your employees, leading them to mix business with pleasure. It might just seem like a quick five minutes on Instagram now and then to them, but over time, this adds up and becomes wasted working hours. This isn’t a given for all employees to do, but it is something you need to consider when implementing a BYOD.
Benefits of BYOD
The biggest, and probably best, benefit of BYOD is that it helps reduce costs for you as a company. By telling employees to use their phone for client-related calls, you don’t have to fork out for new desk phones or softphones for your workers to use. Based on the number of employees you have, this could have been a costly venture. This makes it the perfect option for small and medium-sized businesses who don’t have the budget for communication systems like this. Plus, as smaller companies, they might not even have a large number of staff to warrant spending this much money on new phones. By being able to use their phones to complete work, you save money as a business and give your workers something which they are familiar with to use in their job.
But how exactly can workers use their phones for work, yet still stay connected like a regular company phone system?
How s3 Can Use UC to Help You
s3 Communications can help you connect your workers through their phones, without you needing to pay up a considerable sum of money for new handsets or phone systems. By using a mobile app, Unified Communications can be used at your location. Whether that’s at the office or home, as long as you are connected via the internet with the signalling and comms handled through the UC system at our data centre. Users can be connected to the same system, whether they are in the office together or not, without having to buy and use expensive handsets. We offer this on a monthly rental basis, ideal for small and medium-sized businesses who can’t afford to pay one lump sum of money.
If you have desk phones but want BYOD so that workers can stay connected outside the office, then Unified Communications can assign a direct inward dial (DID) number and forward that number to the employees mobile. So, any call with a DID assign to a user’s desk phone can also ring their mobile phone as well, making it easier for them to be reached at their desk or when they are away from the office.