Workers increasingly picking up corporate connectivity tab

Summary:Companies are increasingly allowing you to bring your own gear to work, but the worker is taking on most of the costs.

Consumerization has its costs---for the worker.

Companies are increasingly allowing you to bring your own gear to work, but the worker is taking on most of the costs. Gartner analyst Eric Paulak said it the company pays the bill there's more control. But if we're really moving to a world where the worker brings any device he wants then the employees pays the bills.

"Look at business value and then figure out if you're going to pay anything (for the worker) anymore," said Paulak. "A lot of enterprises are saying, 'forget it. Maybe the individual should be paying for more of this.'" Paulak said that companies can go overboard with the bring your own model. There are also tax implications to consider.

For some workers, the choice vs. expense is a good swap. But this graphic from the Gartner Symposium conference in Orlando illustrates what the worker is actually picking up when it comes to connectivity and network access.

Topics: CXO, IT Employment

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