Large companies run with BYOD as workers cover costs

Large companies run with BYOD as workers cover costs

Summary: Large enterprises are hopping on the bring your own device bandwagon with a caveat: Employees are expected to pick up most of the costs.


Seventy-six percent of companies supporting bring your own device policies have more than 2,000 employees and there's a good reason for that. Half of employees under BYOD policies have to foot the device and wireless costs, according to a report from Good Technology.


Good Technology polled 100 of its customers across industries and highlighted some key moving parts for BYOD

  • Enterprises formally supporting BYOD jumped to 76 percent in 2012, up from 72 percent in 2011. Large companies are most active.
  • Security isn't a concern.
  • Half of the companies supporting BYOD have policies that dictate that employees cover all costs.

BYOD policies seem to be cutting across all company sizes and industries. Regulated industries---financial services, insurance, healthcare and government---are going BYOD, according to the report.



While BYOD is becoming popular, employees will be picking up more of the tab. The following chart indicates that most workers pick up at least some of the device bill. Apparently, what companies give up on control they make up on costs.



Topics: Bring Your Own Device, Consumerization, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • All becoming self employed

    I think the rug is being slipped out from under workers a little every day. From losing that company car to simply being paid a flat mileage fee for your personal vehicle. From working at home using your electricity and stuff to now buying hardware. This is a direct cause and effect. Eliminate the variables of buying hardware, having contracted workers not hired workers and eliminating benefits. What I find funny is that many workers have actually been convinced this is a good thing.
    • Don't knock the successful

      I shouldn't bother with sarcasm...

      You're not the only one to have fathomed that possibility out. But people think it's good.
  • I'm fine with buying the phone if it's something I want to use.

    However if I'm expected to use that device for work then they'll need to cover the cost of service.
  • makes a good case for RIM's new OS

    with being able to split work/home usage. get more accurate figures on who should pay what
  • Um, doesn't the YO part of BYOD

    stand for "your own" as in you own it, you bought it, you pay for it? Oh. Wait. Sorry. I forget myself. This is 21st century America. It's some evil rich guy's duty to make sure you have whatever you want. What was I thinking?
    • Where is this coming from?

      "It's some evil rich guy's duty to make sure you have whatever you want."

      If I'm expected to use the device for work then yes, I expect that "evil rich" guy to pay for it and the service to use it.
    • He got rich by our work,

      and other people get rich by our having money to spend on what they make.

      Try a few courses in economics. Real economics, not the one-sided "supply side"/"trickle down"/"free market" rubbish, since all of that was named "voodoo economics" by a certain detractor of it by 1981. You might want to look up who coined that phrase, because you WILL be surprised as to who was chiding Reagan's great plan (whose ramifications still exist today, if you look up enough charts, graphs, stats, figures, and things most people are too addled to be bothered with...)
    • Bus drivers

      don't have to bring their own equipment to work, WTF should I buy my own hardware?
      Weird as your mini-rant was, it doesn't explain why we should cover the cost of the equipment needed to function in our roles just because it's computing hardware.
      Little Old Man
  • IT-ization of Employees

    On Feb-17-2012 I had this to say:"
    A trend is developing in which employees will bear substantial costs associated with owning & operating computing devices which serve the interests of the business enterprise and their IT departments. As with the proverbial camel putting its nose under the edge of tent, those employees will then find that corporations will absorb more of the employees’ personal time away from the office. The “wireless” device will prove to be stronger than a leash made of steel wire.
    The corporate IT mindset has turned the terminology completely upside-down. The simple fact is: you are witnessing the IT-ization of Employees"....
    It started with automotive and is the reason that the most experienced & profitable Account Executives have abandoned Radio & Television Broadcasting by the thousands.
    Paul B. Wordman
  • Is Good Technology sure that "security isn't a concern"?

    I find that difficult to believe. Security may not be a concern at the moment, but I
    would lay odds that if a breach of company data occurred somebody somewhere
    would become very much concerned, and depending on the nature of the business,
    government agencies could be concerned.
  • We've got a nice deal where I work

    We are a computer consultant firm, so it is imperative that we have powerful laptops for development. A simple BYOD wouldn't be good as most would go with cheap laptops even though we're IT workers.

    So the company offers to pay half of the price for a laptop up to 1500$, so they are paying up to 750$. The other 750$ is payed by us but through pay deduction over 2 years. After that the machine is yours to do what you want with and are eligible for another one.

    Nothing much on the cellphone side except some income tax deductions for work usage.
    • After 2 years,

      it's effectively a doorstop or bobber for use on a fishing line... or, perhaps, "phishing line" since the OS makers (especially those that lease 3rd party solutions, like Windows Phone and Android) may not want to keep updating older models. Even Apple draws a line and has left older products in the dust, so their controlling the whole chain doesn't make them better by default either...
    • Sounds like a lousy deal...

      Our firm buys all the laptops for our consultants on their dime, and the consultants are asked what specifications they need for the machines, within reason of course. There are a few constraints (mainly supplier - laptop has to be a Dell Latitude, mainly for the ability to bulk purchase as well as cover the laptops by Dell's support plans), but I'll take that limitation over having to pay for half the laptop myself.

      The firm then amortizes the laptops over three years and makes them available for purchase for next to nothing after each refresh (which happens about once every 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 years).

      Maybe I live in a dream world, but I would expect this to be the rule, not the exception. The fact that you see your company's deal as "nice" actually scares me in a way.

      Talk to an apprentice mechanic sometime and ask how they like what the "bring your own tools" initiatives of yesteryear have done to their trade. Only with computers, its even worse, because at least the mechanic gets 100% control over his tools. You still have to hand a great deal of ownership of your laptop over to your IT department before you get to actually use it at work.
      • Fully agree

        "Maybe I live in a dream world, but I would expect this to be the rule, not the exception. The fact that you see your company's deal as "nice" actually scares me in a way."

        I find it odd that people embrace a system where THEY pay for equipment vital to their role. It's partly laziness; if productivity can be improved then prove it and be given the equipment to improve. We're given PPE at no cost as it's vital to our jobs, why is computing hardware any different? I fully believe that in a few years, the same early-adopters will be sitting back questioning why they've had to buy their own computer, desk, chair and probably how to avoid having to rent their own cubicle!
        Little Old Man
  • Limited appeal

    With 50% of companies providing no incentive for employees to BYOD you will see most programs have limited adoption.

    I have this conversation every week:

    Employee - I hate this Blackberry, it doesn't do anything I need.

    Company - Good news, we have a BYOD program you can use your Android or iPhone as long as you accept the HR policy and security we need to enforce

    Employee - Sounds promising. What about data costs and voice calls?

    Company - We decided all costs will be handled by the employee

    Employee - Don't like the sound of that, what's this clause that states my device can be remotely erased at will or confiscated for discovery?

    Company - Those are required by our HR and legal department

    Employee - I love this Blackberry!

    But seriously, running a BYOD program I see this first hand. Outside of the incentive to use one device for both worlds, the vast majority of employees prefer separation of personal and work. It's a big thing that gives hope to Blackberry and their new platform and BYOD friendly options (Balance).
    • Well said...

      This "Security isn't a concern" is either horribly ignorant, or just plain wrong. Wait until someone with HBI material on their phone leaves it in a bar and company secrets get posted publicly. This BYOD bit all comes at a cost and while the CFO may see savings in not having to buy phones and data plans for employees, a breach of confidential information would instantly wipe out any savings they may have realized.
      • And plenty of workers don't care for security

        I've read enough emails from folks, who get one or two good "facepalm" moments every single time...

        Security is going to be far bigger than what the myopic little beancounters are able to comprehend... one day the doo will hit the fan, and then watch as they try to shift the blame onto everyone else, just like how they're shifting everything else (right down to their eyes, too...)
  • How to make your IT security people jump off a bridge

    Bring your own device. That means I own it and can load it with my own stuff.
    That means that the corporate security people have to deal with the viruses etc. that creep into the network. What if they miss one and it trashes my machine. Can I then refuse to use my own?
    Do I have to pay for the applications they want me to run?
    I hope the folks on the top floor have some idea what kind of Monster they are turning loose.
  • Some people were predicting this rather a long time ago

    I'm hardly surprised by this article, or what might follow.

    But this is the new means to "earn" what is claimed as "profit". By shifting costs to the worker, driving down pay, being available on-call (removing worker free time), removing worker freedom... Eventually, the worker won't be able to keep buying and leasing and everything elseing. Then what? Be careful how "Then what?" is answered, since the one doing the answering is probably not immune to what (s)he says about everyone else under that condition...

    It's a slow transition to neo-serfdom, and people are swallowing it hook, line and sinker.
  • unless I am a contractor they need to provide a device for me if required

    Once I worked for a company that asked for my cell number and when I told them that I did not own a cell phone what happened? Nothing, I continued to work for them for a while after that.

    No one can make you use your own device if you are an employee. Even if I have unlimited minutes which I do have I don't want them calling me 24/7 unless I agree to it ahead of time, if they don't have my cell number they can't call me.