Stipend-based BYOD: To pay or not to pay?

Managing the Changing IT Landscape: BYOD Stipends

With the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) in the workplace, many organizations are embracing this powerful opportunity to enhance user productivity. Some have implemented BYOD policies allowing access to services on employee-owned devices, yet some are wondering about the merits of encouraging more BYO by offering financial support in the form of stipends. Stipend-based BYOD programs typically involve the organization providing a stipend for employees to purchase a device to be used specifically for work. IT may provide a list of approved devices, or the employee might get to choose.

It sounds like a good idea, but many companies are still on the fence: Should they pay for it or not? In October 2012, Intel conducted research that asked this very question. This Intel IT Center Peer Research report captured the landscape of BYOD programs from 3,000 IT professionals and 1,300 end users across four countries: Australia, Germany, South Korea, and the United States.

And the survey says…

Just because an organization supports BYOD doesn’t mean they pay for it: Across all four countries, stipend-based programs are rare.

Interestingly, the United States had the lowest percentages of support for BYOD programs across the board—whether stipend-based or non-stipend-based, and regardless of device type (PC, tablet, or smart phone).

Intel puts it on hold, for now

Intel IT also explored the concept of a stipend-based PC program within Intel. Intel has had an extensive BYO program in place since January of 2010, which supports tens of thousands of employee-owned smart phones and tablets. However, BYO PC adoption, while available, has not been in high demand among employees. Our IT staff wondered if stipends could increase participation.

Through a survey of 5,000 employees worldwide, Intel IT uncovered some key findings. Although 72 percent favored a stipend-funded PC model, 40 percent of those respondents weren’t willing to support their own hardware—a requirement of the would-be program. Moreover, the cost to manage the program vs. the increase in participants simply didn’t pay off. Discover the full results of the Intel IT study by listening to the podcast on BYOD stipends and read the white paper titled Exploring a Bring-Your-Own PC Employee Stipend at Intel.

What do you think?

Do companies have an obligation to pay for BYOD programs?

And are employees more likely to participate if there is a stipend offered? 

Chris @chris_p_intel
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