By: Dave Schuette
BYOD is more than a cost-saving exercise for enterprises. It’s also one of the secrets to building a working environment that fits the modern employee’s needs. CIOs have the opportunity to be at the heart of this process and play a crucial role in employee enfranchisement and productivity improvements – but only if they appreciate the fine lines that must be trodden.
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, actively seek employers with workplace values that are different and distinct to those of previous generations. Financial security used to be one of the main reasons for staying in a job. However today, millennials place greater importance on work-life balance, to such an extent that many enterprises now offer the policies and the technology for employees to work remotely on a regular basis.
Meanwhile the rise of the gig economy – the modern business environment in which part time and contractor positions are increasingly common – means that enterprises must adapt their processes and infrastructure to accommodate those workers that they employ on a freelance basis, who might have multiple employers concurrently. In many industries, much of the best talent is only available on a freelance basis, leaving enterprises with no choice but to investigate new approaches to allow for such working practices.