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Mobile Device Management for Contract Workers: Pros and Cons

If your business uses contract or temporary staffing, you’re not alone. In fact, a 2015 report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed that fully 40.4% of those employed in the U.S. were temporary, on-call, contract, or part-time workers. As a business owner/operator, you must decide whether to issue company-owned devices to temporary devices or manage their devices with mobile management device (MDM) software.

Pros and Cons

The question of what you should do is within the context of an increasing number of companies implementing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, where MDM is the rule, not the exception.

Pros to Issuing Company Devices:

  • If an issue is too difficult to explain verbally, off-site employees can take a photo and send it back to management who are providing project oversight.
  • It’s easier for your IT department to monitor and protect devices.
  • It’s also simpler for company-issued devices to be kept within the regulatory framework of state and federal jurisdictions.
  • Control of apps, types of devices and services are more readily controlled by companies who issue mobile gadgets.
  • Businesses that issue devices often do not prohibit contract workers from using these items for their own activities (social media, personal email, etc.).

Cons to Issuing Company Devices:

  • Requires a large initial investment or outlay of funds for the devices themselves, as well as for replacements.
  • Costs are driven up if employees commit theft or loose the devices. Sometimes ownerships of devices will reduce a likelihood of items that go “missing.”
  • Data security is harder to maintain on company-issued devices because of the intricately-linked nature of the device to your overall network.

The MDM Alternative

MDM products such as the MaaS360 app help companies implement BYOD. MaaS360 facilitates secure content sharing, and permits immediate reporting so you to act in a timely manner. MDM software is ideal for temporary workers because it can be attached to a timesheet/timecard application. Since temporary workers are often paid hourly, this can be an important feature enabled by MDM.

Companies that elect to control their communications technology network, including mobile devices, will want to consider investing in rugged devices that will prove more durable and save costs over the long run. As an example, the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet can be purchased on a $23 ($560/two year plan) monthly payment plan from a variety of companies, like U.S. Cellular.

By assessing the pros and cons you can tap into the best options available for both your business and your temporary workforce.

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