Companies paying for staff mobile phones have both the rights and obligations to set certain demands for how they should actually be used – both at work and in everyday life. It’s very common to use your business phone privately as well, which assumes that there are guidelines and policies for this. Simultaneously, it’s necessary to review your current supplier and operator for telephony – this could be crucial for decisions regarding the mobile phones.
Here are four tips on how to get full control over your company’s mobile phones – and ensure that the employees are using them as planned!
1. Licenses instead of business subscriptions
Most traditional suppliers still just offer classic mobile subscriptions, which are connected to a certain person for a certain period of time. Other telephony providers, Telavox, for example, have developed a completely different way of buying and using business telephony. Our solution is based on flexible licenses instead of subscriptions, focusing on the number of users rather than the specific individuals. This means you can scale both up and down and distribute the licenses anyway you want between employees – whether they have a mobile phone, softphone, or a fixed number. Read more about our licenses here.
2. Establish (or update) your phone policy
A phone policy is perhaps the most important tool for facilitating the mobile phones within your company. For both administrators and employees, it’s an advantage to follow the same guidelines, as it helps the internal communication as well as dialogue with customers. A policy can describe both in detail what routines the PBX should have, how to work with IVR, and what specific mobile phones the staff should have.
” By regulating which models you should have, and clearly describing this in the telephone policy, you can save a lot of money on ”accidents”.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for employee phones to break just as a new Iphone is being released. Everyone wantswant the newest technology and knowsknow the company’s paying – so why not? By regulating which models you should have, and clearly describing this in the telephone policy, you can save a lot of money on “accidents”.
3. Separate hardware from software
An important thing the company should agree on is the difference between the physical mobile phone and the telephony solution itself. Do not sign long-term contracts to get a cheap subscription – it’s not a sustainable choice in the long run. Instead, make sure you establish routines and only buy phones when you actually need them. Consider mobile phones as an IT purchase, and the telephony solution as an overall communication tool for the entire company. This way, it will be easier to avoid mistakes.
4. Decide who signs agreements
Another tip is to define who can sign deals for purchasing mobile phones and phone subscriptions. By appointing the IT manager or purchasing manager as the decision maker for which systems and mobiles should be part of your business, you minimise the risk of employees signing new deals or buying mobile phones on their own.
5. Have employees officially receive and register their phone
Since a smartphone can be more expensive than a laptop these days, it’s important that every employee understands what this truly means. By having everyone officially accept and put their signature as proof of understanding that the phone should be used for two years straight, you will convey the message that a mobile phone is an important work tool and something that should be treated carefully.