More 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
When introducing 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
Introducing high 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 of this.
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