Company-Needs-BYOD-Policy You know, it’s nice to be able to personalize your workspace. From trinkets and photos of friends and family, to artwork and fun items to help you pass the time, most employees have gotten used to bringing personal possessions into the office.

So why not smart devices?

Let’s face it, personal smart devices aren’t going anywhere. In 2014, it is expected that a record 1.7 billion smart devices will be shipped. They’ve become so ubiquitous and so relied-upon that the idea of leaving a personal smartphone or a tablet at home when one heads into work is now almost unthinkable, and with so many personal smart devices now in the workplace, it only makes sense that many of them are being used for work-purposes.

In response, many companies have elected to adopt a BYOD policy. What is BYOD, you ask? Well, it stands for “Bring Your Own Device,” and it effectively eliminates the need for company-purchased smart devices. BYOD is a concept that has quickly begun to build up steam among corporations and businesses across the country, and like it or not, it’s something that your company is going to have to consider. Here’s why:

1. Reduced expenses

How many employees do you have working for you? How much do you think it would cost to have to purchase devices for each and every one of them? At the same time, there are expenses associated with software, antivirus programs, and IT teams that end up wasting hours of what could be productive time, because they are fixing minor technical problems. With BYOD, these costs are simply no longer applicable. Yes, there will still be expenses—for one thing the company may be forced to pay for a portion of the device or the data plan, but those costs are still significantly less than the price of a new smart device. Add to that the issue of increased productivity (more on that in a second), and you have a system that results in an average increase of $350 per year, per employee, in cost savings.

2. Increased productivity

Remember just now how we mentioned the possibility of increased productivity? Well, an increase in productivity is something that has been observed in most companies that have embraced a BYOD policy. Employees who are allowed/encouraged to bring their own devices are able be more flexible in their work. BYOD blurs the line between business and personal time, thus allowing workers to get past the “clock in/clock out” mentality. It also fosters creativity and collaboration, as well as allowing employees to use devices and systems that are comfortable to them. Studies show that this results in an extra 37 minutes of productivity on average per employee, per week. And although that may not sound like much, it sure does build up over time.

3. Employee satisfaction

Most employees know what kind of tools they need to do their jobs. So why is it up to some office manager to decide what kind of device those employees will be receiving? When workers are able to use their own personal devices, then they are able to get their work done comfortably, quickly, and without the hassle of having to work with an unfamiliar system (as previously mentioned). This reduces employee stress, and allows them to better enjoy their time in the office. Allowing BYOD in your company is a way to reward your employees with the freedom they desire.

So, keep the workplace personal, by creating a BYOD policy that works for your company. After all, you can try to stand in the way of progress, but if you do, you’re likely to get flattened. BYOD is the wave of the future, and those companies that don’t learn to stay on top of it, may find that they end up sinking under.