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We are updating our employee manuals and I have a question. If an employee uses their personal cell phone and we pay them $xx per month to help can we require them to adhere to our Acceptable Use policy as it applies to company owned phones? Thanks
Bear in mind I am not a lawyer.
I am sure the law affecting this will vary from state to state. I have read court decisions regarding content of employee phones where if the employer provides the phone and cell service, he has the right to control and monitor the content. Not sure what happens if you only pay part of the service bill.
Personally, I would provide a phone to certain key personnel, and thus have the legal right to regulate it's use. You can get a phone from Walmart as cheap as $50 and $45 a month for service. I would ban all personal phones from the production floor for both safety and production issues.
Figure what just 5 minutes of unnecessary personal time on the phone costs you in a year......about 15 hours per worker...not counting potential accidents due to the distraction. When I retired, cell phones were just becoming an every person thing. I had cubby hole box by the factory door. You phone went into your cubby or left in your car. Family members knew they could call through the office in an emergency.
+1 on the above-
The company I work for has a no phone on the production floor policy. I was working on a machine one day and was using my personal phone to talk with tech support to work through an issue as that is my job when the production foreman came by and promptly fired me and walked me out of the building, the equipment was not in operation but I was fired, right? I ignored the calls from the company on the drive home and didn't answer one until the next morning. Oh they needed the machine back on line badly as it was causing a slow down in the entire area. Long story short, I am back to work with no loss of anything, use my phone for tech support and the production foreman is operating a fork lift for at least the next 6 months for being a reactionary dumb A$#. Give a company phone to those who need it and let us that are responsible use our own for business when required. I didn't and don't expect any compensation as it does not cost any more. If you can't trust your workers to be responsible you have a bigger issue..
Hey Tom, Bigger companies give credits to employees that use phones for business. In my area, the amount is about $35/month. They just let the employee pick there phone and give the the 35$.
If it is costing too much, just try some Tracfone's. In my area, they work perfect. Last year, I spent $300 for the whole year. I don't use many minutes, but a lot of text. The beauty is that you can control what its used for.
My wife has the expensive name brand phone. 93$ month. Honestly, functionality wise, there is zero difference between hers and mine. Hers takes better pics and is faster on the web. That's it. really.
We are in the business of communicating ideas.
Better pictures are worth the $93.
I try not to communicate pretty pictures because I am not a graphic designer. I have someone do that for me. But, your point taken. If I were to partake in pretty picture taking, I would buy a good phone out right, and switch it to tracfone to save money.
Funny thing tonight. My wife and I were sitting in a jr high gym(notorious for bad reception in my area), waiting for a game to start. Both messing around on the web. I could get somewhat service with my 30$ Walmart phone, and her 600$+ phone couldn't get anything.
This is has been my experience for 2 years. Take it for what its worth.
It doesn't make sense for you to have the employee use their own phone exactly for the reasons you state plus for being able to manage the "business number" the employee has and owns (yikes!). Good smartphones go for under $100 so why would you ever have them use their own? I always give my millwork craftsmen a company phone that I control.
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