Employees worry BYOD means more overtime

While firms worry that bring-your-own-device means more security risks, employees worry that it means more overtime.

That is the conclusion of a survey of U.K. employers and employees by enterprise file sharing product firm Egnyte cited in an IT Business Edge article.

Close to half of U.K. employees surveyed by Egnyte believe that if their employer introduced a BYOD policy, they would have to work more overtime. And more than one-third are concerned that a BYOD policy would make them feel obliged to work in their spare time.

Security continues to weigh heavily on respondents: 72 percent think that BYOD policies put companies at risk, while 86.6 percent of employees aged 18 to 25 "would take active care when looking at company documents on their device to stop any security issues."

An article at InsideCounsel warns that there are legal risks from BYOD in blurring the line between work and personal lives.

"BYOD raises the risk that non-exempt (overtime-eligible) employees will work off the clock. When an employee uses one device for work and personal purposes, she'll likely have it with her, and respond to work emails during off-hours (and her supervisor will likely expect her to); employers must track and compensate these hours or risk violating federal and state law," the article notes.

Businesses now exist in a BYOD world, and they must realize potential new scenarios and the policies needed to cover them.

"BYOD programs create a number of risks, but the reality is that they're here to stay. What's important is that companies mitigate these risks with a focused, deliberate BYOD policy that sets the framework for the partnership between the company and the employee that BYOD requires," the article concludes.

For more:
- read the IT Business Edge article
- check out the InsideCounsel article

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