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How to Create an Acceptable Use Policy.

Company-issued mobile devices help employees keep in touch with colleagues and clients, as well as keeping them connected to the office. They make it easier to get work completed, get updates, and work on the go. They can become attached to your hip, which can be both good and bad for your business.

While they are a tool that can be used to increase efficiency, they can also be a huge source of distraction, which in turn creates a liability. When employees turn to the mobile device for fun instead of work, the business can see a dramatic shift in not only productivity but also associated telecom costs.

An acceptable use policy should be created to limit any negative impact of personal use on corporate assets.

Creating an Acceptable Use Policy

Many companies have acceptable use policies for cell phones that outline when and where you can use them. They should also speak to what applications are acceptable and those that are unacceptable. As an example, a Microsoft app may be essential to work; but Netflix or YouTube, are likely not. It’s important to have these distinctions outlined in order to avoid unnecessary and uncomfortable situations.  Use of either of these ‘non-essential’ applications could lead to a significant loss of productivity as well as an exponential increase in the use/cost of your data.