BYOD will become necessary to attract workers, report says

Many IT departments are worried about the risks of allowing users to bring their own devices into work. But some reports say it’ll soon become risky for companies to not allow BYOD. 

A lot of firms have started allowing personal devices because their employees demanded it. Or, more likely, users started working with personal smartphones and tablets without telling anyone.

While some organizations have held off on allowing BYOD and developing an official policy, those gadgets are only becoming more popular with consumers — and as workplace demographics change, demand for BYOD support is expected to become even stronger than it is now.

BYOD expectations on the rise

No surprise here: The younger employees are, the more likely they are to be using a personal device at work.

That’s one of the findings in a recent survey conducted by CompTIA. Among employers in their 20s, 61% said they were participating in a BYOD program, while 59% of respondents in their 30s reported the same. That’s compared to 46% of workers in their 40s, 33% of workers in their 50s and 32% of workers in their 60s.

As older workers retire and the new generation takes over, the workforce will expect to be able to use the phones and tablets of their choosing, the CompTIA report says.

Workers want cutting-edge employers

It’s not just BYOD that will be needed to appease younger workers. In general for that group, how technologically savvy an organization is has become an important factor when making job decisions, according to CompTIA.

In fact, 75% of respondents under 50 years old said they consider a potential employer’s attitude toward technology when deciding whether or not to work there.

Some of the other beliefs regarding communication and policies held by workers in the so-called Millennial generation (those ages 20-34):

  • 43% believe text messages are a good substitute for a phone conversation
  • 40% think blogging about workplace issues is acceptable, and
  • 39% use Facebook for both personal and professional purposes.