Ensuring occupational safety for employees is crucial for any given organization if it wants to thrive in the long run. However, several organizations have a hard time ensuring workplace safety due to a number of factors such as lack of awareness among employees, administrative burden, costs, and OSHA recordkeeping. The latter can become complicated for many, especially if the workplace is teeming with incidents. In these cases, a BYOD (bring your own device) policy can be quite beneficial. It can enhance safety in the workplace and reduce costs significantly as well – if an effective solution is used alongside it.
That being said, let’s take a look at what BYOD is, the benefits of implementing a BYOD policy, how coupling it with CloudApper Safety can improve workplace safety, and how the latter can streamline OSHA compliance.
BYOD is a trending topic – but what is it exactly?
BYOD is something that has been in the limelight for quite some time. For those who don’t know, BYOD is an acronym for “bring your own device”, and it is a policy that enables employees to use their personal devices such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets and use them for their work. For instance, an employee can use their smartphone to access confidential information and make informed decisions with it. Many are even touting BYOD as the future.
With that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of implementing a BYOD policy.
Benefits of a BYOD policy in the workplace
Implementing BYOD policies is not exclusive to organizations facing cost constraints – it can be used by organizations that have the financial stability to further reduce their costs.
Improves employee productivity
Employees frequently switch from their personal devices to the official devices provided by their employers, and it can be a hassle sometimes, harming productivity. Moreover, employees can be quite confused as to what they access from their personal devices.
However, a BYOD policy enables employees to use their personal devices for work, eliminating the need for switching from multiple devices – enhancing productivity. Moreover, employees are more responsive to notifications from the workplace when it goes to their personal devices, reducing response times.
Significantly reduces costs
Imagine this – you have to finance all the devices that your employees require. With BYOD, you can significantly reduce costs as the costs are shifted mostly to the employees. While you might still need to pay for reimbursement in some cases, it is significantly cheaper than procuring smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Reduces the IT burden
IT costs are huge, and using a BYOD policy coupled with a solution like CloudApper Safety can remove most of the costs (both IT and OSHA administrative costs). Instead of housing all the information in-house, everything related to OSHA recordkeeping can be stored easily in a centralized location with CloudApper Safety.
Since everything is stored on servers in the cloud, there’s no concern regarding data risks as employees aren’t required to keep anything on their personal devices.
Increases employee engagement
Since employees are using their own devices, they are more comfortable with them, enabling them to respond to work-related queries whenever required. This helps to get quick responses and feedbacks during crucial projects.
Eliminates the learning curve
When employees are given devices for work, there might be learning curves associated with them. For instance, they might need time to get used to the new device, platform, etc. However, with BYOD, there’s no learning curve, as employees are already familiar with their devices – improving productivity and reducing the learning period.
While those were some of the benefits of a BYOD policy, how exactly does it help ensure workplace safety?
The answer is CloudApper Safety.
Occupational safety can be improved with CloudApper Safety
CloudApper Safety is an OSHA recordkeeping software that helps streamline compliance, reduces the administrative burden, and enhances safety within the workplace. But how does it do so, and how is it related to BYOD?
Well, CloudApper Safety can be used right from the smartphones of your employees – helping you improve occupational safety!
Workers can easily report incidents and accidents from their smartphones, and the application allows them to even provide photos as evidence. They can also share the best workplace safety practices with their colleagues, helping you promote occupational safety within your organization.
You can schedule training, assign trainees and trainers, and document the necessary information required for OSHA recordkeeping. It can also house all the relevant information OSHA requires, helping you boost compliance. The best of all is that all of this can be done with your and your employees’ smartphones or tablets – reducing the costs and administrative burden.
CloudApper aligns perfectly with BYOD policies – reducing IT costs and burdens and improving productivity and workplace safety. Try CloudApper Safety now to see how it can transform your business and improve occupational safety, reduce costs, and boost your bottom line.