If you’re a fan of Mozy (and it’s hard not to be if you like simple, automated, and comprehensive backup that includes everything—even the sync—and first-class support, and all of this for a bargain), you’ve probably seen the article in Business Insider about how Mozy is one of the top 50 apps employees sneak into work. Mozy is on the list at a respectable #18.
Now, I’m not a fan of sneaking apps into work. I tend to follow the workforce philosophy that was pounded into me while serving in the military: “If it isn’t issued to you, then you don’t need it!” But today’s workplace isn’t the same. For example, with more and more employees embracing the bring-your-own-device approach to get the job done, it’s not hard to see why so many of the apps on The Top 50 Apps Employees Sneak Into Work made it on the list. Today, I don’t believe it’s so much that employers are concerned about too much goofing off on company time with these apps; instead, it’s more that IT has concerns (and rightly so) about employee privacy and corporate data security. But as employees were quick to recognize the benefits of BYOD (such as workforce productivity and the flexibility for employees to do their work from just about anywhere and at any time), employers have recognized that it makes for good employee morale when the workforce is enthusiastic about getting the job done in a way that works best for them. It’s one of those win-win situations that isn’t going to go away.
But getting back to the list, clearly, some of those apps have nothing to do with work. However, these days, it’s not always easy to know why someone downloads an app at work. For example, while one employee may be checking their Google mail to see if their recent amazon.com order just shipped, another employee may be sending a work file to their Gmail account to so that they can work on it at home later that evening . (Clearly, this employee needs to learn about Mozy and quickly download the Mozy backup software with file sync capabilities and mobile access. And after he’s done that, he needs to share his knowledge with his fellow workers and manager. (I can hear the conversation now: “Sir, Mozy is complete data protection with anywhere, anytime file access. It’s time to boost productivity, sir!”)
While old habits are sometimes hard to break, I think I am changing my ways. I don’t have any issue with someone downloading Mozy on their work computer if it helps them do their job better and they’re more enthusiastic about doing their job because they can do it in a way that works best for them. And while the military way of “If it isn’t issued to you, then you don’t need it” approach isn’t always the wrong approach, sometimes there are better ways.
But if you’re going to download Mozy on your work computer, be sure to drop a line to your IT department about the benefits of Mozy. Mozy just makes good sense. And we’re #18 on the list to prove it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to check my latest LinkedIn news…