People’s love affair with mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets for communication and entertainment is ever-growing. However, the use of personal devices at work raises questions about the dividing line between work and leisure.
The rising popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) brings substantial benefits to organizations, but can equally affect the well-being of employees. Being always connected, employees are constantly barraged with notifications for personal and work purposes, which can cause a detrimental effect on employees.
However, things don’t have to be this way. Android has created a solution that can separate work life from personal life on mobile devices, though the device needs to be a part of a company’s enterprise mobility arrangement.
Android Work Profile to the Rescue
Android 5.0 or later devices allow users to set up a work profile to separate work apps and data from personal apps and data. Employees can privately and securely use the same device for work and personal activities. The organization can view and manage the data and work apps under the work profile. A user’s personal data, apps, and usage details are invisible and inaccessible to the company. When users want to enable a work profile to their device, they will need to use an Android device management app, like Scalefusion, as a part of the setup process.
Employees can Control the Android Work Profile
One of the best parts of the Android Work Profile is that users can pause or turn off the work profile. Paying the work profile temporarily disables the work apps and notifications. It acts as a do not disturb function so that work does not interfere with an employee’s personal time.
Employees can also set up an automatic work schedule for their work profiles. When the schedule is active, the BYOD will automatically turn on and off the work profile for the specified time period.
Work apps are indicated with a briefcase icon to distinguish them from personal apps.
Mobile Device Management Protects Android Work Profile
As mentioned earlier, to get a work profile, companies need to use a mobile device management solution that supports the Android Enterprise service. (Note: the organization needs to be a registered Android Enterprise user through the selected MDM). The registration is free and takes a few minutes to complete.
In addition to creating a self-contained space for work apps and data, the device management solution helps organizations protect business data from personal apps and browsing activities. That’s because employees may unintentionally download games, movies, music, or other personal apps containing malware or viruses.
Administrators can configure the security settings as per the company’s BYOD policies. For instance, if employees lose their personal smartphones, IT administrators can erase work data.
BYOD programs that are managed through mobile device management can not only result in productivity gains and cost savings but helps employees too. Turning off the work profile comes with a host of benefits. Instead of constantly checking and worrying about replying to work notifications, employees can reduce their anxiety and stress levels.