Wearable Tech at Work | Are you tracking your employee’s performance?
Over the past few years, we have seen a major development in wearable tech. Devices such as FitBit, Jawbone and Apple Watch can collect, analyse and share information about individuals.
Here at Jobsprout, we believe that wearable tech has the potential to unlock a new world of opportunity for both employers and employees. Data capture has never been so important in the world of business. The data collected from these devices employers can start to understand employees working patterns, analyse their health and monitor their productivity levels. All this data can help any business understand their workforce, identify the issues and increase employee engagement.
Why use wearable tech?
As your probably aware unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, the fitness industry is booming. These devices and Apps were invented to record and analyse health, sleep quality, fatigue levels and location data. With all this data why limit it just for personal gains. Employers have started to cotton on to the power of wearable devices and the data they can harvest to improve their business.
Many businesses across the world encourage their employees, to live a healthy lifestyle which in the tale will help reduce absenteeism and improve overall productivity. By providing staff with wearable tech gadgets such as Fitbit, they can incentivise and nudge staff to exercise more.
One way that exercise can help boost productivity at work is through alertness. When you exercise, you are also increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project.
Decision makers across the world have now realised the potential of wearable tech. BP provided there North American workers with FitBits. The bosses at BP have set activity targets which if achieved employees will be eligible for rewards such as premium health plans. These incentives will encourage workers to up their performance and to manage their health not only for personal gain but for financial gain as well.
We believe wearable tech is the future for an increase in productivity and overall performance of employees. While it might be a few years before everyone is using these devices at work we can’t argue that this data will help businesses flourish. Understanding your employee’s performance and introducing training to improve productivity surely will be a benefit to any business.