February 5, 2021
by Sharon DeLay, GO-HR and Karen Poling, Esq., Karen Poling Law, LLC
When COVID-19 swept across the country in the first quarter of 2020 and then continued to surge, employers sent employees home, called them back in and sent them home again. Tracking company-owned laptops, cellphones and other tools and resources became a nightmare.
Many businesses weren’t prepared to handle mass work from home situations. They may not have had enough devices to keep the essential functions of their businesses operating while supporting a significant portion of their workforce to WFH, or even move from home back to the office as the landscape changed.
As cloud storage and remote working become more commonplace, more employers are adopting a Bring Your Own Device program that expects employees will use their personal devices to conduct company business. This path, which may be the only path for many, is fraught with issues. Employers should consider drafting a BYOD program that considers the following: