BYOD Workplace, the New Trend
As bring your own device policies become more popular, small businesses should use a virtual PBX system with the devices in order to maximize mobility’s benefits.
More small businesses have recently adopted successful BYOD workplace policies for remote employees as well as in-office practices. A recent survey of business leaders showed that 34 percent of companies would not survive without mobile services, according to Unified Communications Strategies. Eighty-nine percent of respondents noted that working remotely on a regular basis was important. No matter what the reason, mobility is a prized asset.
Bring Your Own Device
“The selling point for employees to bring their own personal gear to work is two-fold: it’s familiar to the worker and it makes their job easier,” ZDNet noted.
The ability to use personal devices for work is expected to drive increased global shipments of mobile hardware. The overall market is expected to grow 5.9 percent, with tablet shipments increasing by 67.9 percent, according to research firm Gartner. By using these new bring your own device programs, businesses will be able to cut machine expenses and give employees full remote capabilities.
Why virtual PBX makes BYOD Workplace better
While instituting a BYOD workplace is tempting for any business owner, one thing is missing: A system to combine all the devices. Virtual PBX systems can easily organize business communications under one central number and forward calls to the appropriate extension. Web management facilitates maximum mobility while connecting to employees on any type of phone at any number they request.
Despite its many benefits, employers still remain concerned about their BYOD workplace environments. To counteract these worries, a virtual PBX system provides some access limitations, which can be set up by the management. It also allows the business to benefit from the system without needing staff to maintain it, according to TMCnet. Since it’s a hosted infrastructure, the data will remain in secure servers at the provider’s center. The provider will also handle any technical and maintenance issues that may arise.
Other virtual services, such as the auto-attendant and business voicemail, will help to direct callers to the correct line while also enabling the company to project a professional image. Since most BYOD users may not be at their desk, the auto-attendant can forward calls and act as a full-time receptionist. The callers would never know mobile phones were being used due to the efficient nature in which calls are answered.
BYOD workplace programs are still being debated by many employers. However, with a virtual PBX system, employers are able to keep their data secure while granting employees mobility. A bring your own device policy can be a great fit for all small business owners.