QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Implementing A “No Personal Electronic Device” Workplace
I work for an organization that has recently adopted a policy that prohibits the use of personal electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) inside the facility. Increased security is at the core of the new policy, with the primary goal of preventing the recording and transmission of information.
Lockers outside the facility have been installed so employees can safely deposit their devices before entering the building, but there are inevitably problems with lost keys, devices left on (and ringing while stowed), and visitors who are reluctant to surrender their devices. Security guards are currently being tapped to manage this responsibility, which ultimately falls under both the facilities and security departments.
Does anyone have advice regarding the best strategy for this situation? We anticipate greater pushback as younger people (who are perpetually tethered to their devices) enter the workforce and will certainly consider policy evolution, but for now, we are doing our best to restrict all devices. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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