and more companies are putting the focus on health
and well-being in the workplace realising the impact that increased health
can have on office productivity. Happier and healthier employees have a direct
correlation with increased efficiency and in turn, sales. So where does
wearable tech come in? Studies by Rackspace
show that incorporating the latest fitness related technology into the working
environment can boost employee productivity by 8.5 percent. From basic devices
that record the number of steps on a daily basis to technologically advanced
gadgets such as smartphones and smartwatches that measure heart rates and
record calories burned, let’s take a look at the benefits of wearable tech.
Why Health and Well-being in the Workplace is Key
The benefits of
exercise or increased physical activity are well documented and wearable tech
encourages employees to move more. This is great news for employees who have
jobs that involve sitting at a desk for long periods of time. A hectic work
schedule can result in stress, anxiety and depression as the long hours take
their toll, but regular exercise can help to combat these symptoms. Many
companies are introducing wearable
tech into their employee benefit or reward scheme and reaping the benefits.
After all, increased productivity levels ensure that more gets done during work
hours and healthier employees ensure sick days are reduced.
Communication is Key
any new technology into your working environment, its success often relies on
communication. In order for it to have a positive impact on the workforce from
the outset, clear goals must be established and employees should have a clear
idea of how wearable tech will benefit them. Some may have concerns about how
the data will be used and it could be mistaken for an intrusion of privacy, so
it is essential to set clear objectives from the start. Data protection will be
a key issue to address and it is important to explain clearly how the data will
be used. Including it as an optional reward and being clear about the company’s
intention will provide employees with peace of mind.
Team Building and Increased Job Satisfaction
tech devices into the workplace isn’t simply a way to boost productivity, it
can also help to improve the work environment as a whole and boost
job satisfaction. A study by the University of London found that wearable
technologies boosted job satisfaction by 3.5 percent. Why not use the latest
technology to inject a little light-hearted competition into the working week?
Set weekly or monthly fitness challenges and give your employees the chance to
win rewards. Simple challenges like this can bring a sense of camaraderie to
the office environment and allow employees to work as a team all while
encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.
One of the main
advantages of wearable tech is that it is hands-free which means that it can
collect data without proving to be a distraction. It allows employees to review
their activity at the touch of a button and keep track of their progress with
ease. It is clear that wearable technologies boast perks for both the employer
and the employee and it is no surprise that many companies are taking advantage
Could wearable tech make you more
productive? Do you incorporate wearable tech into your working day? Let us know
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