For many workers, the company’s BlackBerry just doesn’t cut it anymore. As people pack increasingly sophisticated smartphones in their personal life, they’re clamoring to use those gadgets in the workplace as well. As a result, companies are ditching the traditional BlackBerry-or-nothing policy and allowing a wider range of mobile devices, including tablets, such as the iPad, according to a Wall Street Journal report. This arrangement can benefit both sides. Businesses don’t have to buy as many phones for employees; and employees don’t have to carry around two devices. But there are potential pitfalls. For example, few smartphones offer the security features for which the BlackBerry is known. IT departments also struggle with supporting business programs on newer mobile operating systems such as Google Inc.’s Android. What’s more, allowing personal phones raises a tough question: How much control does a company want to exert over its employees? The companies that have seen the most success are those that give their employees the most freedom—but also seek a higher level of accountability. They’re asking that workers take responsibility for keeping the device safe by managing passwords and complex security functions, as well as shouldering part of the cost.

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