A colleague admitted that his company has stopped issuing company smartphones and has instead insisted their employees use their own mobile devices. This is bad. I cannot stress that enough. A healthy work-life balance is essential to an employee's mental and physical health. But this is now the norm, unfortunately; companies that care far too much about their bottom line know they can cut costs at their employees' expense and there's not a damn thing we can do about it (except join a union).
I got to worrying about my own Day Job and considered what to do if (but let's face it -- it's probably "when" at this point) my company started its own BYOD policy. It's going to suck because 1. I'm not giving any company access to my personal devices and 2. I'm out a few hundred dollars any way I go about it because I'm not using my own laptop and phone for work. There are a couple of options:
- Separate laptop and separate phone. This is the most expensive option. Not only am I going to pay for both devices but I also have to pay for phone service, too. I'm on Cricket Wireless right now, which works fine and I have no complaints, but adding another line is going to cost me. If it came down to it, I'd pick up the Dell Inspiron 14 3000 and either a dirt cheap Android phone or iPhone from Boost Mobile.
- Partitioned laptop and separate phone. It's been for-fucking-ever since I had a computer with a partitioned hard drive. This would be a pain in the ass because I wouldn't have use of my SP3 during the day, but I'd save quite a bit not purchasing a new laptop.
- Partitioned laptop and Google Voice. This is a dumb option. I don't use Google Voice anymore because it's a pain in the ass and Google only seems to update it once every 5 years or so. Also, it means I'd still keep my current phone and would have to work out a do-not-disturb schedule. But it's the cheapest and easiest at this point.
Thankfully, I haven't heard anything solid about my company revoking devices for a BYOD policy so I have plenty of time to think about it and consider other options. As long as I can go "home" at 5:30 and not be bothered on the weekends, I'll be happy.