A business cell phone can offer many benefits to employees who receive them. In the business world, a cell phone used for business purposes has become a status symbol as much as a functional communication device for employees on the go. Yet business cell phones have some drawbacks. Employees offered a business cell phone should carefully weigh pros and cons associated with these devices before choosing to accept it.
Improved Productivity: Less Freedom
One benefit of a business cell phone is increased productivity, which benefits the business as well as the employee who does not have to return to his physical office space to connect with clients while working at another site or traveling. Yet greater accessibility can also be a downside. The cell phone provides an employer constant, regular access to his employees, which could mean employees putting in more hours at work than what the job initially required. Furthermore, the employer may be forced to contend with never ending interruptions from colleagues and clients vying for his time.
Businesses may require employees to sign a multiyear contract directly with a cell phone provider and then reimburse the employee for the cost. A contract obligates the employee to pay all charges related to the cell phone’s use. During the time the employee works for the business, the employer usually pays all costs related to the phone’s use for business purposes. However, if the employee chooses to leave the business before the term of the cell phone contract ends, the employee may still be on the hook for the monthly fee and charges for the cell phone. Even if the employee decides to terminate the contract, he may be forced to pay the termination fee out of his own pocket.
Cell phone providers design corporate cell phone packages for the business person, not the recreational user. That being said, in certain cases an employee might be able to reduce his own monthly expenses by relying on the business cell phone for his professional and personal cell phone needs and forgoing a separate cell phone for recreational use. This arrangement works best when the employee uses a personal cell phone for emergencies or for occasional conversation, which would not put him at risk of exceeding his plan’s use allowances and accruing overage charges. Yet this arrangement is not necessarily conducive for the avid texter or someone who ordinarily uses their personal cell phone as their main household phone, because it can lead to misuse.