Everyone has a cell phone. You don’t need to concern yourself with that, yeah? You are wrong. Did you know that you might be in trouble if they end up misbehaving? According to the law, whatever your employee does with his cell phone at work is YOUR responsibility. It may be as simple as replying to a text but any misbehavior will put YOU in trouble and cause a major blow to your reputation. You can easily be sued if your employee does something wrong through his cell phone.
This is why it is very important to be aware of the major risks related to employees carrying their own devices to work.
This is not something that you could take lightly. Rules against sexual harassment, sexually explicit content, and sexting are very stringent. If your employees don’t follow them, you will be liable as the employer.
The sad part is that more than forty percent adults engage in sexting or in other words, sending sexually explicit content. That speaks volumes about the related risk. The recipient can easily sue the company.
This is the most common problem. Distraction can bring down performance and negatively affect the growth of your company. Moreover, they may use their cell phone while driving! That is a very dangerous thing to do. Many countries actually ban using the cell phone while driving but there are a few adamant people who do it any way.
Social media and distraction are stringed together but the use of social media is such a rage today that mentioning it differently is inevitable.
Even if you ban social media in your office, your employees will easily be able to log in from their personal devices. You have no way to ban that now, do you? Now you may be wondering why this is a risk.
Say your employee said something racist on Twitter. That will come back to YOU. Of course, it vice versa happens, you can be the defendant and back your employee because the comments were against him. However, that will only be taken into consideration if it is proven that the cell phone was used only for work purposes during that time.
Losing a Device
Losing a cell phone is more than just a financial loss. Of course your employee will suffer but at the same time, chances are that the lost phone will delve a few trade secrets of the company. The phone may also contain some sensitive information that can be used against you and your company in court.
I don’t think you can actually ban cell phone in your office but you can definitely put in strict rules to keep your employees in check. Call a meeting to tell everybody about cell phone usage. Also, whenever you hire, brief him up about your cell phone policies, and be very strict about it. That could lower these potential risks.
Cell phones may be the need of the hour but they come with potential risks for the company. You should be very careful and strict about the use of cell phones in the office. Your rules should be strict enough to compel your employees to follow.