If your local government is considering implementing a BYOD program, data consumption is probably a major concern. It is likely that most employees don’t grasp the concept of a gigabyte when it comes to tweeting, watching YouTube videos and downloading apps. Misinformation might be exactly what data providers like Verizon and AT&T want, since their fees for extra data are hefty.
BYOD programs are an excellent way to improve morale, because employees take ownership of their devices. But with that ownership comes the responsibility of understanding how much data is being used. Some states, such as Delaware, seem to have found a healthy balance between subsidizing data plans and providing their employees some freedom:
Delaware, an example of a state using the [BYOD] program, told the [Chief Information Officers] council it has seen significant savings in allowing employees to use their own devices for work. To issue a state owned BlackBerry to staff cost the government $80 each month, compared to the $40 stipend the state has provided to BYOD participants, Federal Times reported.
It’s only fair to reimburse employees for data used while working, but make sure everyone understands how much data is used for particular activities. This education could prevent problems later on.
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