February 25, 2017
Introducing new technology to your company can be a stressful experience. However, in most cases, it’s a great way to improve the enthusiasm and performance of your workforce. For example, gamification platforms can lead to a tightly-knit company culture that fosters collaboration, fun, and closer interpersonal relationships. This is popular among startups that connect employees through a digital environment.
In 2017, wearable tech might be the key to bringing employee productivity to the next level. According to a recent study, employees with wearable tech are 8.5 percent more productive and 3.5 percent more satisfied at the workplace. But just like any other piece of tech, you need to have a deliberate approach when introducing wearables to your team. To give you some ideas, here are five ways wearable tech can maximize productivity at the workplace:
Keeping Employees Healthy with Fitness Trackers
Healthy employees are productive employees. The most obvious way to use wearable tech in workplaces is to provide employees with fitness trackers. Take note that keeping employees healthy is a great way to boost their confidence, energy, and creativity. You will also train them to set and achieve goals for themselves.
A popular fitness tracking brand for workplace environments is Fitbit. Their devices work by monitoring the wearer’s heart rate, distance traveled, calories burnt, and so on. Alternatively, you can consider AI-infused fitness tracking ecosystems like Boltt to provide employees encouragement and useful feedback during physical activities.
Stress isn’t something you can eliminate from the work environment, but you can train your employees to manage it well. For this, you can also capitalize on wearable devices like Thync that sends a low-level electrical pulse. It targets the nerves on the neck and head areas to induce relaxation during stressful situations.
Shocking your employees may sound like an unthinkable way to boost their productivity. But don’t worry – Thync is developed at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT by neuroscientists to ensure the product’s safety. It also comes with an app that can help employees manage their “vibes” such as calm, rest, and bliss.
Another stress-busting wearable is WellBe, which monitors your heart rate and determines your stress level based on factors around you. It also comes with an app that can help you through stress-reducing programs and daily exercises.
Making Security Wearable
Security is one of the biggest concerns in a corporate environment. With wearable technology, you can tighten your office’s security while making things a lot simpler for your employees.
A simple strategy is to install a password management app to an Apple or Android smartwatch. Doing so encourages the use of strong passwords that are virtually crack-proof without a cheatsheet. Employees can also use smartwatches to monitor the security of their smartphones.
Another example is the use of the Nymi Band, which works as a multi-factor authenticator that utilizes biometric data. Once access credentials are stored in the device, employees can use it to easily access apps, unlock devices, or avail services without manually typing in the password.
As a failsafe, the Nymi Band identifies the original wearer’s heartbeat. While it sounds like the perfect wearable tech for office security, it’s not yet officially released. For now, you can follow the product’s developing by subscribing to their site.
Hands Free Employee Enablement with Smart Glasses
Despite the failure of Google Glass in attracting everyday consumers, smart glasses are slowly capturing the attention of large enterprises. According to a report by Forrester, roughly 14.4 million US workers will be using smart glasses by the year 2025.
Certain industries are already set on fully adopting smart glasses into the work environment. Some examples are retail, manufacturing, and event management industries where a hands free handbook or communication tool would prove to be useful. Using a simple video-recording eyewear is also a great way to log employee performance.
Keeping Blue-Collar Workers Alert
Lastly, companies that employ blue-collar workers can take advantage of fatigue-monitoring devices such as the SmartCap. It’s a regular-looking cap that monitors the wearer’s brain waves to determine alertness. When fatigue signals are detected, an external display and audio device alerts the user.
The SmartCap is useful for reducing or eliminating workplace accidents in sectors like mining, transport, and construction. The caps can also be monitored from a centralized location, making it an extremely useful tool for employee evaluation.
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