Managers must adjust strategies to benefit from BYOD
April 24, 2013
Business construction software is creating several efficiencies at companies throughout the United States, and the same goes for "bring your own device" (BYOD) policies that give firms the opportunity to employ a mobile workforce that can connect to the company database from anywhere with an internet connection. However, the question remains: "How much is too much?" when it comes to completing work outside the boundaries of the workplace.
"The truth of the matter is that businesses are reaping huge rewards out of the fact that we can't seem to put our phones down," Paul Hillman, a partner with technology consultancy CDH, told TechTarget. "The reason they're allowing their IT staff to accommodate is because ultimately it's to the business' benefit."
Businesses to place expectations on employees
The nature of the construction industry requires many executives to be constantly connected to learn about new updates on job sites and potential opportunities for new projects. While executives have the ability to always have access to their firm's virtual infrastructure, management can't expect them to be available for contact at all times. TechTarget reported construction managers need to have certain expectations for their employees.
"You have to have that time management where you have to work, then put it away," Brandon George, director of business intelligence at Sunrise, told the source. "There are times it's hard to do so because of specific projects. It's [about] getting things done in a decent amount of time - not being distracted. "
Employees must achieve a work-life balance
While BYOD provides companies with several advantages, it's important to draw the line on how much employees should be expected to work outside the office. Failing to realize these limitations could lead to missing out on achieving a work-life balance. The Mayo Clinic outlined a few of the downfalls that employees could experience if they are overworked:
- Less time with family/friends: While work is an important part of life, it certainly isn't all someone should focus on. Being asked to complete too many tasks at work could lead to seeing less of loved ones.
- Constantly tired: Employees who are expected to be always-connected to the firm may get less sleep than they need, which could translate to fatigue setting in.
- High expectations: Staff members who complete work at all times of the day are often expected by their employers to to take on even more challenges.