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BYOD: Is it right for the workplace?

New approaches are being taken by firms for their reward and recognition programs to improve employee productivity by giving workers increasing responsibility.

New approaches are being taken by firms for their reward and recognition programs to improve employee productivity by giving workers increasing responsibility.

One way this is being accomplished is through a trend known as "BYOD," or "Bring Your Own Device." This strategy allows staff members to use their own mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, to complete work tasks, TechRepublic reports.

Proponents of the approach claim that allowing employees to use their own devices can increase productivity, as it limits time wasted growing accustomed to new company-issued equipment and switching between personal and business technology.

Additionally, it offers workers a greater degree of flexibility, the news source explains. BYOD lets them work from anywhere, thus improving their ability to balance work and personal responsibilities.

However, some are critical of the approach. Believing that rather than rewarding employees with increasing freedoms, it can actually open up the opportunity for them to spend more time at work on personal matters and raises security concerns.

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