Are wearables the answer to business productivity

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More than one-third (36%) of employee respondents cite increased productivity as a benefit of using wearable technology in the workplace, according to research by office search engine organisation Office Genie.

Its survey of 1,000 UK employees also found that 42% of respondents believe that stress monitoring is an appropriate use for wearable technology in the workplace.

Highlights of the survey include –

  • 41% of respondents feel that supporting employees’ physical health would be an appropriate use for workplace wearables, 30% believe wearable technology should be used to boost productivity, and 20% think that monitoring mental health is an appropriate way of employing workplace wearables.
  • 43% of respondents cite employee wellness as a benefit of using wearable technology in the workplace, and 41% cite health benefits.
  • More than half (51%) of respondents believe that wearable technology is beneficial in the workplace, compared to 69% of respondents aged 18-24 years old, and 61% of respodnents aged 65 years old and over.
  • One-third (33%) of respondents would prefer to use employer-provided wearable technology for professional use only, and 21% would use it for both professional and personal purposes.
  • 49% of respondents are worried about the negative effect wearable technology could have on employees’ stress levels, 58% are concerned that their employer could look at data recorded by the devices outside of the workplace, and 67% worry that the use of wearable technology in the workplace could result in a big brother-style surveillance culture.

Peter Ames (pictured), head of strategy at Office Genie, said: “If employers are planning to introduce workplace wearables, these concerns have to be considered. First and foremost, employees need to be be clear as to the legitimate reasons behind their introduction.