While my music station was on an insanely long commercial break, I switched channels & listened to a bit of news radio. They were talking with a guy who was saying that the new thing for employers is going to be to have employees provide their own phones & computers. He said no one likes having a work computer & a personal computer, no one likes having a work phone & a personal phone, so the solution is for everyone to use their personal stuff for work. He said many companies that have a lot of remote workers or people who travel a lot already use services that forward their work phone calls to their personal cell phones because the service is cheaper than providing a phone & a separate phone line for each employee, it's about $20/month per employee vs. upwards of $100 for a smart phone with data plan. Blackberries have been able to do this kind of thing for a while, switch easily from business to personal use, with your work email replying on the work side & personal email replying on the personal side, you see only work contacts on one side & only personal contacts on the other, etc.
The radio people asked about hacking, security of private information, etc. He said that work computers can be stolen & they can be hacked, but the fact is that people generally take care of their private stuff better than their work stuff. He said there was a study done at an airport where any time a phone or computer was lost, the person claiming it was asked if it was business or personal, and 90% of them were business items. He said any good IT deparment, or a good IT contractor such as himself, should be able to set up a "work section" that is password protected, on any laptop or tablet device.
What do you think? If your employer told you to use your personal computer for work, would you be OK with it? What if you didn't have the particular device your employer wanted? Let's say you're perfectly happy with your old flip phone and your desktop computer, should you have to buy a smart phone & laptop because your employer wants you to use them?