Creating a Secure 'Sandbox' on Employee Devices. Companies are tackling questions of security on worker mobile phones and tablets by creating special compartments in the devices.
BYOD is here to stay. Digital handheld devices are everywhere. Fortunately for employers, they have tremendous capacity for enhancing both productivity and work/life balance.
Creating a "secure sandbox" to isolate work activity within the device is the first step in creating healthy enterprise digital workspaces. Designing this workspace in a manner that promotes state of the art practices, including intuitive relationship building, deserves closer analysis. While the first instinct may be to keep personal devices at arms length from corporate affairs, such an approach denies the potential for richer employer-employee engagement. Video cameras, collection of biometric information, myriad communication channels streaming 24/7, social networks, and styles of data mining certainly create new forms of exposure. But, properly managed within an integrated digital enterprise platform, the opportunities for enhanced productivity and engagement substantially outweigh the associated risks.
A properly designed digital sandbox will provide a distinctive look and feel that will convey clear expectations. It will come installed with the full range of tools and applications and allow users to "nominate" other useful tools. Each user will have a customized dashboard that show calendars, agendas, metrics, contacts, etc. Contact permissions will be set according to concentric relationships, with employees having detailed access to closest peers and customized access to other stakeholders according to unit and greater community objectives.
These digital sandboxes are easily arranged to form a Digital Organizational Chart which supports mapping of corporate processes, hierarchies, objectives, mission, vision, etc. The facet (or "screen") of the digital workspace involving process improvement, for example, will quickly focus attention on the sentinel event/metric/practice in question. It will elicit a response from the employee and collate/communicate this response along appropriate channels. The capabilites for data sorting and converting data into information (and information into business intelligence) are phenomenal.
A properly installed virtual workspace is a game changer at every stage of the employment relationship, as it:
- allows for powerful communication of corporate objectives;
- provides for enhanced interactivity;
- eases intelligent aggregation of data and information;
- optimizes communications to provide actionable information on a continuous, "just in time" basis;
- supports more equitable and timely incentivization for top performers;
- opens open and shared feedback loops; and
- efficiently harmonizes task assignment and objective refinement.
In short, the linear and matrixed approaches of the last century have become outmoded by the digital handheld. By installing, promoting, and curating a secure digital sandbox, organizations can situate their employees to collaborate in creating an interactive, "well rounded" organizational structure that can "take on" the Digital Age.