The Future of Wearables: How Can They Be Used for Improving Workplace Productivity?

Wearables are not just a means to keep us healthy, they have lots of other benefits. For example, wearables can completely transform the productivity of employees at the workplace. They can, in fact, make our jobs easier and efficient.

According to a study by the University of London, Rackspace (a tech company) and experts from Goldsmiths, wearable technology can boost your productivity by 8.5%.This interesting finding can change the ability of a workplace and make its workforce more efficient.

We are not just talking about smartwatches; they also include smart electronic devices that can be worn as an accessory on any part of the body. The wearable devices let you control and monitor your lives, right? Speaking of lives, we spend much of our lives at work, so it is natural for employees to look at whether wearable devices will leave a positive impact on the productivity of the employees or not.

Healthy Employees Make for Productive Employees

As we all know, a healthy employee is a productive employee. If you are an employee, you would agree to it that we have less time to exercise. That’s one of the reasons why they ask for sick leaves. Do you know that in 2016, 137m working days were lost due to illness and injury? This will negatively affect the performance and productivity of any business, right?

Employers these days are looking for employee well-being programs to minimize workplace issues like anxiety, stress, and depression. Here is where the wearables can make an impact. There are already plenty of companies such as Fitbit and Jawbone that provide fitness trackers to works for measuring their health.

Employers can access real-time data on a corporate dashboard to track the health of their employees. An analyst Gartner has forecasted that by 2018, 2 million people will be required to wear fitness trackers by their employers.

How are wearables used in Workplace?

So the question is, how can you successfully use wearables in a workplace? Well, they can be used for real-time health tracking, task management, taking notes, traveling and anything else you can imagine.

Depending on what industry you are working for, wearables have endless potential. For example, if you are working in an engineering department, with smart glasses, you can remotely have a live view of the site and give feedback or take care of an issue. If it is shifted-based work, the wearable devices that have sensors can measure the level of fatigue in employees. Similarly, with a headband, you can measure the cognitive patterns of your staff to get an idea when they are most productive and creative in a day. In addition to using these wearables, many organizations are using apps that monitor phone to be sure their employees are on track. It is also being used as a means to improve productivity by making sure nobody in the office slacks off or misuses the office gadgets.

No matter what kind of working environment it is, wearable technology can fit in any place. These devices give you such valuable data on productivity that you couldn’t have extracted otherwise.

Are there any risks or drawbacks of using wearable?

The only problem so far is that not allemployees are ok when it comes to using apps that monitor phone to track their workplace activities butwhat they are not ok with is sharing their personal data with employers. According to a research by PwC, 38% of the employees did not trust their employers who use the data collected for benefiting their employees.

If employers have decided to collect employee data, just like employees are informed that their phones (the ones provided by office) and emails will be monitored via apps that monitor phone, there should be a code of conduct on how to collect the data, store it or use it. It is the responsibility of employers to clearly communicate to the workers what information will be tracked and used. That’s how we can make the most out of wearables.

What’s the future?

As Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are already here, in future, employees will be collaborating with each other through headsets instead of video conferencing.

No doubt, wearable technology is already successfully, it now depends on how employers create value for the proposition to deliver real benefits.

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