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Does Your Firm Have a Bring-Your-Own-Device Policy?

Jan 1, 2013, 08:30 am CST


I worked for the same corporation during the 80’s and 90’s.  My personal computers (always Apple and Mac) were consistently considerably more capable and up-to-date than any of the outdated IBM stuff the company provided.  I never had compatibility problems, and by the time WordPerfect stopped supporting the Max OS I had a Mac that would also run Windows.  When the company finally switched to Word, I was already there.

By Old Patent Guy on 2012 12 19, 5:45 pm CST

Firms very from not caring as long as the work gets done to firms that having very authoritarian micromanagement.  Call it the firm’s culture. 
I recall one shop getting upset on customizing any any preferences in MS-Word, and went crazy over my use of Word Visual Basic Macros.  Admittedly, it is easier for IT when every PC on the LAN is identical and easily cloned.  This was also the place where one supervisor got upset over people self-adjusting their chair heights in a training/conference room.  We were allowed to inhale and exhale at our own pace.  ....

By Me on 2012 12 21, 1:07 am CST

I would be concerned with the workplace having access to my personal data.

By Charlotte Christian on 2012 12 22, 7:46 am CST

One of the points that discussions like this seem to ignore is the continuing distortion of the old bright line between “personal time” and “work time.”  The hardware/software issue is only one element of that evolution.  For example, posts about the workplace on a personal social media account, online backups or storage on Dropbox, Box, etc.  all raise issues about what an employer can realistically control with a policy.  The BYOD issue is only one part of a much larger change taking place in our society and economy as workers become more mobile and relationships become more transitory.

By Tim Donovan on 2013 01 18, 4:17 pm CST

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