Implementing Wearable Technologies in the Workplace

 

We are in a dynamic, exciting, and yet constantly changing workplace environment. As the techie generations – Gen X and millennials – establish themselves into the workplace, they also bring about change.

Now think about the shift from typewriter to desktop computer to laptop to tablet. Each of these technology evolutions changed how we did business. Fast-forward to a world where everyone is receiving information at a rapid rate and add to the mix an increase in healthcare costs and wellness advocacy.

Fitness wearables, such as FitBit Flex and Jawbone Up, provide a solution to employers by combining ease of use with health monitoring. An employer who sees value in providing fitness wearables to employees will see an increase in employee morale, because employees will see that the employer is invested in their wellbeing. The fitness wearable market also has made it easy to implement within an organization with apps for personal monitoring and goal-setting.

Other types of technology wearables such as Google Glass or Moto 360 Smartwatch can allow employees to receive and absorb information in occupations were it is imperative. For example, what if, instead of an emergency room doctor pausing to gather required information, the doctor was able to instantly obtain this information through a wearable device? What if, instead of blindly entering a house fire, a firefighter was able to “see” the house plan and know where the bedrooms are located?

Employers have to ask themselves if these technologies would either allow them to react faster and more efficiently than competitors, or if it could simply help boost employee morale. At the end of the day, the key to deciding if a business should implement a wearable technology is to evaluate the value within the company and the impact on business management.

 

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