Companies using the bring your own device mindset can be lulled into complacency with its numerous benefits while the pitfalls of system mismanagement loom on the horizon. When businesses know the problems that they are likely to encounter beforehand, they are better prepared to successfully implement BYOD policies while keeping their production running. The following four hazards can make it harder for BYOD companies but can be easily avoided. 

1. Freedom to apps
While it's important to the worker to get that last pig in Angry Birds or to complete their move in Words With Friends, having so many apps can hurt business. This trend happens not only because of the potential decrease in productivity, but also because of the potential for leaked company information. In response to this threat, many companies may set an application blacklist, making employees unable to use them during work hours. Apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Dropbox and Facebook frequently make company blacklists in a BYOD environment.

2. Zombie phones and hidden costs
It may seem obvious that tracking all data usage should be a priority for employees using their own devices. BYOD-related costs can quickly accumulate with the promise some companies make to reimburse data usage expenses. Some employees decide to not use their device and will still receive the automatic stipend, making the company pay for a zombie phone. What to do about these situations? Monitoring usage or simply limiting it to a reasonable amount can significantly reduce the cost of BYOD as well as ensure that there is little room for outside expenses to sneak through, according to Nascio.org.

3. Monitoring sensitive information
It's only natural for businesses to keep track of their secrets, however the requirement of location services on the devices can be disconcerting to employees. Most employers allow the option for using personal devices, however half of employers may impose a mandatory policy by 2017, according to Gartner. With that many people using tablets, laptops and smartphones, it can be difficult for the managers to monitor company information. As a compromise between the two parties, management and employees must agree on terms of privacy, and what is reasonable for tracking data on mobile devices.

4. The irony of poor communication
BYOD is supposed to make work easier for the employees as well as reduce cost, but communication between the users and IT department can be lackluster. A plan developed by IT on how the system will run is typically a good place to start. The technical team understands the system well enough to know how employee devices can be managed and what procedures to follow in the event of a malfunction. Creating specific, clear policies can help employees know what the proper steps are and who to report incidents to, allowing a prompt fix to problems that may emerge.