Many companies today have implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for their employees. More than 50% of businesses have implemented as of the end of 2017 according to Gartner. A company needs to make lots of decisions when putting into a place a BYOD company policy. These include security concerns, data ownership, and possible loss of productivity with personal applications mixing with business. While many solutions exist to support large enterprise rollout of BYOD policies, the small and medium businesses tend to form ad hoc policies to address their most pressing issues. According to SecureEdge Networks, 80% of all BYOD is completely unmanaged. Here is a good starting point for a BYOD best practices checklist.
Potential BYOD Issue
An often-overlooked consequence of a BYOD policy is one of the most basic; an employee-owned device has an employee-owned phone number. In many client-facing roles, that number is the one employees give out is often also on their business cards. That phone number often becomes the way people contact your company and is under the ownership of your employee. If that sales rep leaves and takes a position at your largest competitor, clients calling to place their order with their favorite sales rep reach them at their new company.
How Unified Communications Supports BYOD
Unified Communications can solve this issue with some very simple best practices. At the most basic, you can assign a DID or direct inward dial number then forward that number to the employees mobile. Then, you print the DID on business cards. Simultaneous ring, or sim-ring, is a feature common to many UC services. A user’s desk phone gets an assigned DID that can also ring their mobile or any other specified numbers. So, a user can be reached at their desk or away from the office.
So, what about when users want to make an outbound call. Will it display their mobile number? The simple answer is yes, but many UC providers provide a softphone application for iOS and Android smartphones. For those that don’t, they often support a third party softphone application like Bria or Zoiper. When using a softphone application, calls will display their work DID number and not the employees’ mobile number. So if you follow these best practices, your BYOD policy and company communications can successfully coexist.
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