I work in a 50 odd employee start-up and I am in a senior techno-managerial role (reporting to CEO). Usually culture is fairly informal and lots of policies are not officially documented. Some emails once in a while or just verbal communication is made about a new decision.
Recently, the company banned use of personal laptops in the work-area. However, a lot of employees figured out a workaround to use personal laptops to get the job done by technically not being in the "work-area". This is actually helping them be more productive and get a lot of work done faster.
I do think it is kind of mocking the entire policy. I am not sure if my boss currently is unaware of people still using their personal laptops or aware and just too busy to address this.
I can escalate this to him but that would mean that he would have to take some action on it immediately. (Overall the company wants to do everything the right way. So I would be surprised if they let this go even after someone raises it officially).
My concerns in raising this issue are:
We would actually be less productive than before. (Something which my boss would have to realize eventually and do something about)
In a small company, I would immediately make a lot of people unhappy by interfering in their work. (My role does not have any formal authority over them).
So my question is how do I handle this? Should I mind my own business and let my boss figure out the problem and solution on his own; Or go and talk to him explain the situation and risk low productivity for the company along with facing angry people. My day-to-day work does not get affected either ways.
Edit: Just to clarify based on the answers and comments, no one is using pirated software. It is just that using personal laptops is easier than office issued Linux desktops (long story of why they decided to do that but it is avalid reason).
Also, I do not have the authority to change policy or provide hardware/software. Also, my work and my responsibilities are not affected by this policy or people following it or not following it.