From the telephone to email to intranets to enterprise social networks, businesses have long worked to apply the latest technologies in the hopes of improving efficiency and productivity. Despite the effort, it appears many companies are currently missing the mark. In fact, according to a recent Global Engagement Survey conducted by Oracle, 56 percent of employees reported not having access to the latest technology needed to do their jobs well.

In a TechRepublic article issued earlier this week, Gretchen Alarcon, group vice president of HCM product strategy at Oracle, summarized the survey findings by saying, “What we found is employees want the same modern digital technology that they are accustomed to at home in the workplace, accessible leadership, and a strong company culture that aligns with their personal values — often trumping monetary compensation. These factors are all influencing the degree employees feel engaged and committed to a company.”

So why the disconnect between employee preferences and the actual tech tools made available? For starters, IT teams are presented with the complex challenge of implementing and maintaining security amidst constant technology changes. This can lead to a fear of evolving too quickly without the appropriate protocol in place to keep the organization protected. When thinking specifically about offering access to mobile devices, applications, cloud storage and other tech tools employees want, it’s important to take a step back to evaluate employee needs, craft a comprehensive strategy that provides direction on how the organization will address each aspect of mobility, and develop an onboarding process supported by written policies and procedures that clearly communicate expectations of employees in every department at every level.

There’s no denying that interaction and collaboration among employees is the lifeblood of most businesses. Data consistently shows that effective collaboration and strong employee engagement can result in dramatic positive business consequences, from small efficiency increases to the innovation of entirely new solutions. The question becomes, how can your organization develop a long-term strategy that will continually engage employees through the inevitable changes, innovations and disruptions in the marketplace?

At this juncture, many companies find themselves at a fork in the road: to support and manage a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment or to retain control of enterprise mobility through corporate-provided devices only. While the choice may be difficult, the outcome of that choice could mean the difference between a heightened level of employee engagement and a disconnected, disgruntled workforce. Though it may require changes in IT attitudes, it is possible to deploy and manage a BYOD strategy without compromising on critical security and control principles. In fact, BYOD could be a cost-effective way to address employee engagement both now and in the future. Contact our team to discuss how to get started leveraging BYOD in your business today.