Benefits of Supplying Employees with Wearables

It might surprise you to learn all the ways wearables can be a helpful productivity tool for your company.

The demand for wearable technology devices continues to grow rapidly, from Google Glass to virtual reality kits and fitness bands. Some companies are now opting to supply their employees with wearable devices. Let’s explore the benefits you can expect from supplying your team with wearables.

Increased Productivity

A 2014 study from Goldsmiths, University of London, entitled “Human Cloud at Work,” found that employees using wearable technology, such as brain activity sensors and motion monitors, were 8.5 percent more productive than employees without wearables. Interestingly, the employees’ job satisfaction also increased by 3.5 percent. Additionally, in some industries and roles, by keeping hands free because of wearables, productivity increased.

Employee Health Improvements

One of the biggest reasons companies supply their employees with wearables is to improve health and well-being. This has a number of company benefits, the most significant of which is a reduction in sick days, doctor’s visits and loss of productivity due to feelings of ill health. It also lowers health care costs. You can encourage employees to participate in a wearable health and well-being initiative by offering incentives like lower health premiums, movie tickets, gym passes and gift vouchers based on a points system. Employees can upload their data to a profile within a company’s wellness portal and gain points toward their desired reward based on their activity levels. This is a great way of rewarding employees, reducing the effects of poor health in the workplace, and demonstrating that you are invested in the well-being of your team.

Improved Workplace Security

Having wearables in the workplace isn’t just about counting steps and monitoring heart rates. In 2015, Salesforce published a report that claimed that 23 percent of surveyed companies chose to use wearable technology to enhance workplace security. Digital lanyards and smart glasses, for example, are solid choices for employees needing access to secure areas and sensitive data. As well as allowing employees access, these kinds of wearables allow employers to monitor who accesses what area or information and when.

Better Time Management

Wearables can improve and optimize time management. The right combination of devices and apps lets you monitor when employees arrive and depart and how they’re managing their schedules. You and your team can also make real-time changes to to-do lists, task priorities and more.

Real-time Communication

Smartphones are distracting. It’s tempting to quickly check your social media accounts while you’re looking at work-related emails. A smartwatch, however, is less distracting. Your employees can simply read the message you send and get right back to work. When in a meeting, with the right wearable, your employees can access necessary information and act on it in real time, too.

Employee Safety

Some companies provide wearables to help ensure employee safety and gauge where their team may need additional training. Using sensors, some wearable devices can tell an employee when they are lifting items incorrectly or attempting to lift something that is too heavy for them to lift without help. This reduces the number of work-related injuries and health care costs.

Data Insights

If you compile all the data from your employee’s wearables, you can gain valuable insights into their health, fitness and productivity. Think of it as the human side of big data management science. You’ll be able to see what changes you could make to the workplace to improve performance, health and well-being. You and your employees will also collect enough data to establish optimal working habits, start times and working environments that maximize health and productivity.

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