Organisations wanting their employees to work more flexibly are tending to opt for a Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) policy over any other way of thinking, according to a new study.
Azzurri Communications' Shape the Future report outlines the trends among businesses in terms of strategies being used meet their communication needs.
According to the research, CYOD policies – where the firm owns a SIM or contract but allows the employee to choose the device they will be using – are now in place at around 31 per cent of organisations in the UK and 60 per cent of them saying it would be their favoured option.
The more traditional approach is Don't Bring Your Own Device (DBYOD), where employers would have full control in both the ownership and choice of devices being used by their staff. However, this method was favoured by just over 27 per cent of businesses – less than half of those who would choose the benefits of COYD instead.
A third option of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – where the worker brings in their own smartphone or tablet to connect to their employer's network was chosen by just 12.8 per cent of businesses as being the most suitable for them, although 17 per cent of organisations did admit to this policy being in place.
Both CYOD and BYOD can be used alongside conference call technology to promote flexibility among workers – with staff based at home or away from the office able to use their devices while taking calls in order to share and access information to help keep them up-to-date.
However, it appears more businesses are choosing to adopt CYOD as it allows them to maintain more control of what the device is used for and also helps to limit any potential security threats.
Azzurri Communications' chief technology officer Rufus Grid said: "CYOD is therefore the best of both worlds; a controlled network environment that still offers employees the benefit of a single work/home device of their choice."