The Pros And Cons Of BYOD
More employers and employees are looking into using their own personal devices for work instead of a company computer. Writer Brian Proffitt looks at the benefits and challenges for both groups.
What's the Latest Development?
As employers and employees look into the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, writer Brian Proffitt looks at the pluses and minuses of reducing or eliminating a corporate hardware standard. For the company, purchasing savings is only one part of the picture; it must also consider the kinds of software allowed for handling data, as well as methods to ensure divisions between work and personal information. On this note, workers who like having the flexibility of using their own devices on the job may not want their bosses seeing everything on them. How might company privacy and confidentiality policies apply to these machines? Proffitt gives one clue: "It is not uncommon, for example, to implement software that not only allows for remote monitoring but also for remote data wiping."
What's the Big Idea?
A poll of ReadWrite readers conducted earlier this year suggests that the BYOD trend isn't all that new: 41 percent of those surveyed whose company had policies said they was established over two years ago. However, at 44 percent of the companies with policies, fewer than a quarter of employees participate. While it's not entirely clear how big the trend is or how fast it's spreading, a recent study by Gartner predicts that half of employers could make BYOD mandatory by as early as 2017.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
- Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one.
- Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments.
- Public attitudes toward climate change have shifted steadily in favor of action. Now it's up to elected leaders.
A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.