In case you needed yet another acronym, Bring your own technology (or BYOT) is a workplace policy that makes it easier for you, your colleagues and your business as a whole to work, collaborate and learn.
If you work in an office, you will most likely leave your smartphone on your desk all day by default. The same goes for nearly everyone else in your office – in 2016, everybody has their own device and will carry it almost everywhere with them, so why not begin taking advantage of it? Introducing a BYOT policy and fostering a connected workforce presents very exciting possibilities for organisations, from how a business communicates but also to how it learns and thinks. Gone are the days of mobiles and personal laptops being seen as a distraction or hindrance, today they provide some pretty exciting means of collaboration and learning. With that in mind, we’re delving a little deeper and looking at five reasons BYOT is pretty exciting for your organisation…
Flexible working opportunities are quickly becoming less of a perk and more the accepted norm, meaning it’s important staff have the means in place to work most effectively despite not being sat in the same room. BYOT supports collaboration, with cloud-based applications such as Google Drive and Hangouts allowing your business to communicate and work together effectively, whether they are on the move to visit customers or working from home.
A company phone was once very much a job perk, but today having to carry a company iPhone or Galaxy S alongside your own, identical smartphone can be a bit of a hindrance. Not having to invest in company devices presents quite a cost saving, which is never a bad thing, while the use of personal devices for work (and learning) makes for a completely personalized experience. Users can integrate work and learning alongside a familiar look, feel and layout, keeping them in control of their content and presenting a non-threatening means of support.
learning isn’t just about e-learning, an LMS and other (quite expensive) stuff
Training interventions such as e-learning, performance support and classroom training form an important part of the workplace, although a personal smartphone is often a go-to choice for a quick fact check or YouTube tutorial. The rise of mobile devices and the implementation of BYOT can begin to cultivate a culture of informal learning, with staff turning to their devices for unscheduled means of learning to improve how they work. After all, the 70:20:10 framework suggests only 10% of learning takes place in a formal training environment, with BYOT strategies allowing mobile and tablets to be on hand in supporting learning in the workplace by doing, collaboration and more.
BYOT can help to change the perception of learning
Much of the working population may shudder when they hear the word e-learning after a rough experience with some dull, slow Flash training back in the day, but BYOT strategies and the use of connected technologies for learning can do a lot for the perception of formal training. Learning has historically existed very separately from the day-to-day jobs of staff, resulting in unloved LMS’ and a lot of unexplored training. Devices, BYOT strategies and training which integrates with the working and thinking of organisations helps to improve efficiency and the perception of learning.
Make downtime useful
Time without an internet connection can often mean time without learning, as devices and laptops require a connection back to an LMS or portal. Connectivity is often somewhat of an Achilles heel for mobile or remote learning, leaving learners pretty unstuck. Being mobile and having access to learning is great but if we can’t guarantee internet connection, there’s only so mobile we can be.
The addition of native apps to gomo, however, bridges the gap between learner and learning even when connectivity is nowhere to be found. It’s the final piece of the BYOT puzzle – learners download the gomo central app, which can be branded, and download individual courses from the gomo cloud, leaving learners to roam to the ends of the earth and still access your organisation’s learning via the app. Creating the means for offline learning, and promoting the use of personal devices via BYOT, can lead to improved productivity, cohesion and collaboration through new and more flexible means of working.
For more information on the gomo central app, join us for a detailed look at native apps for learning at our next webinar, taking place on 24th February.