Ethical Dilemma: BYOD
Q1: Almost every working individual has their own cellphone, however, this can be both beneficial and controversial in any working environment. I use my cellphone for work, as do all of my coworkers and my managers. I believe that using my phone for work is more helpful than it is stressful because it adds convenience. I use my cellphone to keep in contact with my managers and coworkers about work matters. For instance, my manager will text me and ask about my availability when he is making the schedule. It’s more efficient for my manager to contact me via my cellphone instead of waiting until the next time I come into work. I also use my cellphone for work matters when I need someone to cover my shift, to switch shifts with me, or if someone needs me to cover for them. Being able to communicate with coworkers in real time helps us solve our issues with scheduling as soon as possible. It’s especially convenient because if I need a last minute schedule change, I can contact one of my coworkers via text message and if that person can’t cover for me, I can quickly contact the next available coworker. Being able to use my cellphone for this increases my chances of getting my scheduling issues resolved and in a fast, convenient manner. Using my cellphone for work is also convenient when I need to know my schedule. It’s more convenient for me to text my manager or a coworker for the schedule instead of driving to work to look at it or waiting until my next shift to figure it out. All in all, using my cellphone for work matters is more beneficial than not, it makes solving issues and getting information more convenient than ever.
Q2: According to Cocalis, it is much easier for companies to employ a two-phone lifestyle in order to maintain a line between personal contacts and professional contacts. Nonetheless, some of these contacts may overlap and you may end up with the same exacts people in both phones, disregarding of whether it’s for work or for your personal life. Because of this, you may need to contact someone about a work matter for one time but a personal matter the next time. I believe this is where having a two-phone lifestyle would be impractical. It wouldn’t make sense to be in the middle of a text conversation with someone about a personal matter and then have to switch phones in order to have a conversation with that same person about a work matter; this would defeat the purpose of using cellphones at work for the sake of convenience. Moreover, employees shouldn’t be expected to have a separate phone for work, especially if their employer does not plan to pay for the additional expenses. It is not fair or practical for employees to utilize the two-phone lifestyle if it means that they have to pay for an entirely new device when they are already paying for one. Furthermore, some people may not be adamant about checking their work phones. If this is the case and a coworker needs to get ahold of them for an emergency and they don’t have their personal number, the problem may not be solved and it could get increasingly worse. Nonetheless, I believe that it is possible for people to use their own personal cellphone for both their work life and their personal life. Employees should understand the implications of using their personal cellphone for work matters and take precautions accordingly. For instance, if there is a chance that your employer may wipe out your personal device without warning, the smart thing to do would be to occasionally backup all of the data, pictures, contacts, music, etc., that is on your device either on a secondary storage device or in the cloud. Additionally, employees should be wary of the ethical implications of using their own personal device as their work device as well. For instance, if there is software or programs on your cellphone that are strictly for work-related uses, employees should only access these during work hours or for work-related matters. In summary, it is possible and more beneficial to use the same phone for both work life and personal life.
Ethical Dilemma: BYOD