76% of Companies Now Allow Employees to Bring Their Own Devices to Work

The trend to bring your own device to work continues to gain traction, the results of a new study suggest.

According to new research from Robert Half Technology, more than three quarters (76%) of CIOs report that they allow employee-owned devices into the workplace.

The biggest challenge that CIOs face when allowing BYOD policies are security concerns, cited by over half (53%) of respondents, according to the UK-based study.

The most popular BYOD options are currently laptops (65%), smartphones (56%), USBs/memory sticks (51%), tablet computers (38%), external hard drives (27%) or iPods/MP3 players (19%).

“There are a number of factors leading to the growth of BYOD, from company cost savings to employee preferences for using their own device,” says Phil Sheridan, Managing Director of Robert Half Technology. “Consumer-friendly new technologies such as Apple’s iPhone 5S, which launched yesterday has prompted my employees to rely on a certain level of productivity at work as they have at home. The tide has clearly turned in favour of BYOD.”

“Companies need to consider a well thought out BYOD strategy if they want to attract the best candidates—especially IT professionals,” he added. “Almost half (47%) of CIOs reported that allowing employee-owned devices into the company improved productivity, while 37% said that they improved employee retention/satisfaction.”

Just under a third (30%) of organizations said that BYOD helped to control capital costs while 22% said that it helped to control contract costs.