Quinn Allan


A flexible workforce necessitates flexible infrastructure. As new generations of talent join Australian businesses, there is an overarching shift towards remote working arrangements, malleable hours and the slow erosion of work-life boundaries.

This can be an excellent opportunity for managers. Offering flexibility to prospective staff makes an organisation incredibly appealing to modern talent, and a core element of this is a strong bring your own device (BYOD) policy. Understanding when these policies work well is fundamental to successful implementation.

Why BYOD works (or doesn’t) for Australian businesses

BYOD policies, as with any embrace of technology, carries its own set of risks that leaders must weigh up:
But done right, the pros can significantly outweigh the risks:
Essentially, a strong BYOD policy empowers staff to work how they want, when they want, from where they want. It’s a cornerstone of the modern Australian business, and every enterprise should at least be exploring it as an option. If the following milestones are met, then it may even be time for implementation.

What are the risks and benefits of BYOD?

Signs a BYOD policy is right for your business

1. Meeting your legal requirements

Given the stringent legal environment surrounding freedom of information, enterprises must determine whether they can uphold their legal obligation in a BYOD environment. Check requirements outlined in the Privacy Act 1988, Freedom of Information Act 1982 and Archives Act 1983, as well as more recent policies like the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme.

2. You can handle new costs

Software licensing, hardware upgrades and employee training may be necessary to successfully integrate individuals’ own devices into your workplace. Identifying and managing these introductory costs is an important pre-implementation step.

Additionally, it isworth exploring whether there will be costs to increase support to more varied devices or manage a greater range of security risks.

3. Your policies and plans are comprehensive

As with any element of change in a business, documentation is vital to maintaining the new status quo. There should be a clear and comprehensive BYOD policy that covers all elements of security escalation and response, appropriate devices (and use of), as well as where to store information.

A strong tech team is a good starting point for this, especially if they also have experience in change management and stakeholder communications.

Strong tech talent is the foundation of a good BYOD policy.

4. You have the necessary in-house expertise

While many organisations utilise third parties for the IT or security concerns, having dedicated tech talent is of paramount importance when implementing BYOD. From developing policy as above to large-scale training on new authentication or breach response measures, the right people will ensure your policy is a success.

In short, BYOD brings businesses into the modern era – while also opening them up to new risks. They key to managing both the pros and cons of BYOD in the workplace is having the right people, in the right place, with the right skills.