BYOD, Stress, and Data Privacy at Work

Personal devices are ubiquitous in 2019, and workers nationwide are using them in their professional lives. This use of personal devices and employers’ expectations that their employees be available outside of work hours introduces a host of new problems for both employees and employers, including increased stress levels and privacy concerns, according to one workplace authority.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies have become increasingly common in American workplaces, according to a Tech Pro Research survey published in 2015. That survey found 59% of companies implemented BYOD policies that year and 13% planned on implementing one within the next year. Proponents for BYOD cite increased morale, the tendency for fewer technology accidents, and an improved learning curve as just a few of the positive outcomes of these policies.

“While allowing workers to use their own devices does have its benefits, and many employees prefer using their own devices, these policies are creating a growing list of concerns, especially when it comes to data privacy, for both company and personal data, as well as work-life balance. This is no doubt contributing to the stress many Americans feel,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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