Workers increasingly picking up corporate connectivity tab

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.

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TOPICS: CXO, IT Employment
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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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  • I bring my own gear and software

    I like it that way. Then I choose the alternatives that make my workday much easier and less stressful. And I am not talking just about productivity suites and OS selection. I am also referring to important applications that my employer would be unwilling or unlikely to buy that boost my productivity.

    I have no regrets for the k$s spent because, if I need to leave, these come with me. They're my tools and part of my career. If I can justify them to an employer, then I feel the same way about buying them myself.
    jacarter3
  • RE: Workers increasingly picking up corporate connectivity tab

    My company also stopped paying for home Internet access and mobile phones. While there were some grumblings, I think most people are going to get home Internet access anyway. And on the mobile phone, while you have to buy your own, you are free to use any model and plan you want. This is huge as it allows for a lot of freedom. The company does allow you to use the corporate minutes plan. I can also use any other device (iPad, iPod, whatever) that I want to bring in. In the end, I'd rather pay for my own device of my choosing then be forced to use a "free" corporate standard device.
    tdwagnertx
  • Employees are cheap

    Going through a BYOT effort right now for Smartphones I can atest most workers will take company provide (free) over pay more out of their own pocket 8-1.

    Unless you are a contractor for hire I don't think many companies will welcome any software you want to use. Most large companies have multi-year software agreements.

    We've actually had users ask for the company Blackberry back after the reality of footing the bill for mobile services on their own. In a down economy who is foolish enough to give a perk back?
    MobileAdmin