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Dear All,
I want to introduce a revised laptop policy where the employee is given ownership right from the begining (purchased in name of employee) or after 2-3 years ( Purchased in name of company & transfered to employee after 2-3 yrs).
e.g The company helps in form of a laptop loan and deducts loan amount in installments. This could be one of the model.
Please share any other such models where the complete liability to purchase is not on the organisation. Also the ownership is with employees.
regards
Parul.

From India, Bhopal
Dear Parul
Kindly see Procter & Gamble tries a bring-your-laptop-to-work program - Computerworld for implications of what you are thinking.

From United Kingdom
Dear Mr Simhan,
I appreciate this peice of information but in Indian SME context this may still not work due to affordability issue at say entry level or with low field staff . This is where, I want to strike a balance between affordibility & saving cost by company. Trying to work out a win-a-win situation for both employees & organisation.
In our organisation too we are encouring use of personal laptops.....but what about those who can't afford too or won't invest in purchasing a laptop for work if it is to be 100% self funded.
There are organisations who give loan or bears partial cost.....I want to have some ideas on this.
regards,
Parul.

From India, Bhopal
If you are giving interest free loans it's a different matter. Otherwise, it all depends whether the new staff want to work for you or not. You can "take the horse to the water, but not make it drink", as the popular saying. If workers are not interested or capable of buying their own, your scheme may not work effectively.
From United Kingdom
Hi Parul,
I agree with points shared here. It is observed that self investment for office purpose is not taken in the right spirit by employees in this part of the world. So in this scenario company can make down payment(company's contribution) and the balance amount paid in installments by the employee keeping the ownership of the laptop with them. Also ownership of any product after 2-3years does not go well in pvt companies where attrition is high.
Here we need to check the genuine interest of the employee(s) to purchase the laptop and also to make them understand the importance of using it from both the parties point of view.
Thanks,
Sanjay

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Parul
What is the stand of your management on this issue? Please share that also.
In this case you can issue laptop for those who served for more than 2 years or so. You can issue the laptop and in case the employee is getting relieved, he has to pay the full amount of the laptop with interest. You can fix the life period for the laptop and on completion of that period you can allow the employee to pay some nominal amount and take the laptop with them.
But you cannot instruct the employees to bring their own laptop for work. Your company's secrecy also will get leaked due to your own laptop policy.

From India, Kumbakonam
Dear All,
All POints well taken.
The loan strategy if worked out, would be interest free. I feel it is correct as suggested by Sanjay that the ownership should be transfered during purchase itself. Will have to decide the contribution share by employees & employer if this is the model to be decided.
Once again thanks to all of you for your inputs.
regards
Parul.

From India, Bhopal
Is there any policy of Laptop uses where Employee use their Laptop for official work??

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