While it can be more convenient and add to your productivity to use your personal devices (computers, phones, etc.) for work, there are some risks to consider.
Make Sure Your Employer Allows It
Some employers don’t allow employees to use their own devices at all or have very strict rules about remote/off-the-clock work.
Read Your Employer’s Policy
Even if your employer allows you to use your own devices, you’ll want to read its policies. If there isn’t one, talk with the appropriate person at your company.
Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting Into
While reading or talking with someone about your company’s policies is the first step, understanding your risks and clarifying anything you don’t understand is also important. These are some of the questions that you might want to get answered.
- Am I prohibited from using specific brands, devices or software?
- Am I required to install any software on my devices? If so, does it allow remote access to it?
- Can the company track my location?
- What are my responsibilities?
- Do I have to report a lost or stolen device within a certain timeframe?
- Who is expected to cover costs for service, repairs and monthly plans?
- Am I prohibited from allowing others (friends, children, etc.) to use my device?
- What happens if I quit or am laid off/fired?