Are you protecting yourself when giving an employee a cell phone?


Stop and think about all the things we can do with our smartphones.  How did we ever live without them?  Isn’t it crazy to think how much our phones have become a part of our lives?  In many ways cell phones are great, but for employers, they can cause more grief than what they are worth.     

Smart phones are constantly being improved and as they get more sophisticated the legal issues surrounding their use in the workplace has become increasingly complex.  More and more employers are implementing a cell phone policy to allow employees to use their own personal smartphones for work.  At the same time, employers are growing increasingly concerned over the potential security risks they face if confidential data falls into the wrong hands.

Is your Company protected?  To ensure that you have some expectations established with your team you might want to have a “bring your own device” policy written and/or developed.  This policy should then be reviewed regularly to reflect the latest legislative actions and court rulings regarding cell phone use while at work.

Your “bring your own device” policy should clearly address how the IT staff will manage employee’s mobile devices including what steps will be taken if devices are lost or stolen and what will happen when employment is terminated.  Before allowing an employee to access company data on their phones, employees should require those employees to sign an authorization which allows the company to wipe the device of data if necessary.  I know this seems harsh when it’s a personal phone, you need to do this to protect your Company data.

If you are allowing employees to connect to your Company server ….we may want to chat.   A written policy should be in place to ensure full communication is disclosed when allowing employees to utilize their own device at work.  HR On-Call can help you protect your confidential data that is traveling through your employee’s mobile device.  For more information, please contact Susan Arnold at            515-401-2233.



Susan Arnold
HR On-Call, LLC
p. 515.401.2233


A little more about us:
Susan Arnold, owner and lead HR Consultant at HR On-Call, LLC. Susan has 20+ years of HR experience and provides a HR presence to business organizations without the overhead expense of a full-time employee. Susan helps business owners improve employer/employee relationships and allows them to focus on their business while resting assured that they are in full compliance with state and federal law.

Areas of expertise:

  • Reduce Employer Risk and Liability
  • Customized Employee Handbooks
  • Performance Reviews
  • Improve Employee/Employer Relationships
  • Background Checks
  • Personality Assessments
  • Guaranteed EEO Compliance
  • Employee Retention
  • Recruitment / Hiring
  • Employee Discipline/Discharge

Susan is passionate about her customers and listens to their needs. If you are interested in any of the details above or would like more information about her services, please contact Susan!

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