A bring your own device policy should take into account not only which types of devices, apps and tools can be used, but also which employees are allowed to use their personal gadgets at work. Tom Kaneshige of CIO wrote that hourly workers and salespeople may be the ones best suited for using their own devices. BYOD can help hourly workers to cost effectively increase their productivity, especially for younger workers who may not have their own corporate devices.

"Suddenly, hourly workers can tap into the power of mobile technology-in the form of personal smartphones, tablets and laptops-to do their jobs, a freedom they never had before," he wrote. "This also comes at a huge discount for companies, because they don't have to pay for the devices themselves. The problem is that BYOD blurs the line between work life and personal life."

This means text messages, emails, games and other tools will be used during hourly work, something that could also hurt productivity.

Additionally, mobile devices allow sales staff members to work whenever they need to, something they would likely be doing anyway. While many may see this as a perfect fit for BYOD, Nanci Churchill of Mobi Wireless Management doesn't believe so.

"With the majority of our customers, their salespeople are still on the corporate [smartphone] program," Churchill said. "It's largely due to the fear of losing prospect contact information and customer contacts."

BYOD policies also present issues regarding the ownership of leads, as staff members can easily take that contact information with them even when not employed by the business since all that information is stored on their personal device. 

Majority of companies to allow BYOD by year's end
Regardless, businesses should have their BYOD plan figured out soon. TechRepublic senior editor Teena Hammond wrote on ZDNet that 62 percent of companies will allow BYOD by the end of the year, and more than 44 percent of organizations already allow BYOD. She said whether BYOD is allowed already or not, companies should develop a mobile device management plan to help keep the business secure.

"This change in how people work and the devices they're working on is leading to many IT departments setting BYOD guidelines to protect company security as employees access email and other potentially proprietary data on their own devices," she wrote. "By setting guidelines, access to data is controlled and productivity can be extended to these devices."