BYOD-cloud

BYOD Redefines Work-life Balance, But…

Not Everyone Buys It.

The new status symbol of the rat race is the personal device. Not the company issued laptop, but the device, whether smartphone, tablet or laptop that the individual prefers – the one that likely contains both work and personal apps; the one that keeps the IT people up at night wondering what hidden evils it may contain.

The propensity for carrying personal devices, known collectively as “bring your own device” (BYOD) has led to a degree of personal freedom that itself is a double-edged sword; people are free to work where and when they want, but in so doing, their mobility has tied them even more closely to their work, obscuring the divide between work and life, and creating as many logistical problems as it solves.

BYOD Studies Reveal

A recent DELL study reveals that the practice of BYOD varies widely around the world, with some countries embracing the concept, while others push back. According to the study, China, the UAE and the US are hot zones, with an active acceptance of the culture of work-life integration, and with employers who are supportive of this.

Countries such as Canada, Brazil and Russia lag in taking on the work approach due to security concerns, lack of infrastructure, or lack of money to actually purchase the devices, respectively. India is another fast-growing economy that thrives with BYOD.

john-delaney
John Delaney

For some European employees the issue is simply one of “who pays?” An IDC Europe report released in 2014 suggests that many employees expect the employer to provide a mobile device for work. Quoted in CIO.com, John Delaney, associate vice president of mobility at IDC states, “There’s a cultural expectation here that your employer will provide you with the tools you need to do your job. You don’t expect to have to buy it yourself.

But the same BYOD approach cannot be said of Germany, for whom the policy of unrestricted access to work at all hours runs counter to a long-established policy of work-life balance. According to a report in NPR.org, managers in companies such as BMW and Volkswagen are forbidden by law to contact employees on vacation, and this ban stands a good chance of expanding to a ban on contacting employees after work – part of a comprehensive anti-stress regulation package intended to tackle the burnout, health problems, decreased productivity, psychological problems and stress-related pain cited by more than half of the German workers who applied for early retirement last year.

Long-standing traditions such as automatic 4-week vacations for new hires in Germany and Sweden, or siestas for Spanish workers are giving way to the pressure to remain globally competitive and “on” 24/7.

Giving employees access to their devices makes this “permanent uptime” all the more possible.

By Steve Prentice

Steve Prentice

Steve Prentice is a project manager, writer, speaker and expert on productivity in the workplace, specifically the juncture where people and technology intersect. He is a senior writer for CloudTweaks.

View Website
Finding and Implementing Startup Tools

Finding and Implementing The Right Tools For Your Startup

Implementing Startup Tools Many startups believe implementing cloud tools help reduce operation costs as well as the time taken to ...
What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

DDoS Attacks October 21st, 2016 went into the annals of Internet history for the large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) ...
GDPR Compliance

A Quick and Dirty Guide to GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance Set a reminder: On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation directive from the European Union ...
Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure ...
Battle of the Clouds: Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenant Architecture

Battle of the Clouds: Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenant Architecture

Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenant Architecture  The cloud is part of everything we do. It’s always there backing up our data, pictures, ...
10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective Of Amazon Prime’s Growth

10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective Of Amazon Prime’s Growth

10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective 70% of Americans with incomes of $150,000 or more who shop online have ...
Etsy Raises 2018 Revenue Forecast While Increasing Transaction Fees For Sellers

Etsy Raises 2018 Revenue Forecast While Increasing Transaction Fees For Sellers

(Reuters) - Etsy Inc on Thursday raised its full-year revenue growth forecast and increased its transaction fee for sellers, sending the e-commerce company’s shares up more than 19 percent in premarket trading. Etsy expects revenue ...
Teradata Board of Directors Strengthens Cloud Expertise

Teradata Board of Directors Strengthens Cloud Expertise

Joanne Olsen brings significant cloud experience, including a mix of sales, support and product management Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the leading cloud-based data and analytics company, today announced the election of Joanne Olsen to its board of directors, ...
F-Secure Takes A Big Step Towards Cyber Security Leadership By Acquiring MWR InfoSecurity

F-Secure Takes A Big Step Towards Cyber Security Leadership By Acquiring MWR InfoSecurity

Acquisition adds industry leading threat hunting platform to F-Secure’s detection and response offering and expands cyber security services to the biggest markets globally F-Secure Corporation, Stock Exchange Release 18 June, 2018 at 09:00 EEST F-Secure ...