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CIO’s 10 BYOD Worker Types – It Takes All Kinds

By: Jack McCarthy, Content Manager Google+ icon for profile link

It’s a fact of life that BYOD is here to stay, and with that in mind, CIO magazine has compiled a list showing that just about every kind of employee wants, even demands, to use a personal mobile device or devices at their workplace.

ShoreTel recognizes this, and with ShoreTel Mobility for iPad and iPhone, ShoreTel Conferencing, and ShoreTel Dock has made it easy for people to use their mobile devices to collaborate and be more productive in all kinds of situations that reflect the real world of workers on the go.

CIO’s witty list shows today’s workers as they are – quirky, techie and following the rhythms of their lives. Here’s CIO’s 10 BYOD worker types:

  1. The Millennials – This generation, born between 1981 and 2001, demands that BYOD be available in their work places. They don’t want corporate-issued devices. “That’s so 2006,” CIO wrote. “They want to work odd hours and over weekends. They actually want their business lives and personal lives to blend.”
  2. The Techies – The super techies, on the technology lookout, are eyeing Android to some degree. “With BYOD in place, Android has allowed even the geeks to embrace consumer tech,” CIO said. ShoreTel has support in the pipeline for Android devices. Stay tuned.
  3. The CEOs – CEOs can make things happen, and they’ve seen the merits of BYOD.
  4. The Older Generation – For the geezers who don’t want to adopt BYOD, too bad! About half of employers will mandate workers to bring their own device for work purposes by 2017, says a Gartner survey of CIOs.
  5. The Salespeople – Road warriors are always looking for an edge and they’ve seen the value of using iPad and iPhones to access business apps, strategic information, conferencing and document sharing. “If you’re still carrying around binders of paper to show potential customers, then you’re this generation’s Willy Loman,” CIO said.
  6. The Hourly Workers – This group can enjoy a new freedom on their personal mobile devices but they also may push back on the 24/7 communications BYOD can enable.
  7. The Chronic Complainers – Nothing is ever good enough for this group. “This time, it’s about expectations of privacy, BYOD mandates, security controls put on personal devices, and policies chock full of legal jargon,” according to CIO.
  8. The Social Networkers – These workers love the social networking possibilities of BYOD, leading companies to worry about distractions.
  9. The Bad Employees – Companies should worry that disgruntled employees may have more access to confidential corporate data.
  10. The CIOs – It’s the CIO’s responsibility to ensure the technology runs smoothly and at the same time create policies that can at once guarantee employee privacy while supporting the wide range of enterprise resources. But nobody ever said CIO was an easy job.

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