Consumer-grade wearable technology has been around for a good decade, but it has only recently started to gain traction in the workplace. There are many potential benefits to using wearable gadgets, both for the employer and the employee. Some of those benefits are easy to predict, and some can be quite surprising.
1. Increased productivity.
One of the most important improvements wearable tech brings to the table is the productivity boost. It’s very noticeable and nearly instant. By allowing employees to access, record, and exchange data more easily, wearables can help streamline processes and reduce the amount of time spent micromanaging mundane tasks.
- Taking notes. Wearable speech-to-text recorders like Senstone Scripter.
- Monitoring health parameters and stress. Smart watches like FitBit Charge.
- Identification. ID badges, wrist bands, and even rings.
- Lifting heavy packages. Exoskeletons? Why not.
In addition, wearables can provide you with real-time feedback and statistics. This helps workers and businesses identify areas in which they both can become more efficient.
2. Easier communication.
Wearables can also give a boost to everyday communication in the workplace. By allowing the team to stay connected to each other, wearable gadgets can help ensure that information is relayed quickly and effectively.
Wearables can provide you with an easy way to access help or support in case of an emergency. The data gathered by the wearable is stored in the cloud and can be shared with colleagues instantly.
3. Workplace safety boost.
Here’s the one you don’t hear often: wearables can save lives. This is one of the reasons why them being reliable is such a big deal. The raw potential here is great but we already have some amazing systems making the workplace safer for everyone.
A wristband connected to a sensor can signal the wearer about chemicals in the air. Warnings, such as air raid alerts, can be transmitted to the smart watch. Vitals transmitted to the wearable can be used to help you take proper breaks.
4. Transparency and trust.
In recent years, there has been a growing movement toward greater transparency in the workplace. There are many ways in which wearable technology can support and encourage this amazing trend.
For example, making the data collected by wearables available to the entire team in real time does wonders for morale. Everyone feels – and is – included.
5. Worker satisfaction.
Companies are always looking for new ways to keep their employees satisfied. They know that happy employees lead to worker retention, good reviews, and, of course, more profit.
Wearable technology can do a lot to improve the workplace environment. It can help employees stay connected and make sure they are comfortable. It can also help employers keep track of tasks and make sure the management and the managed stay on the same page.
Naturally, it’s vital to ensure that employees are comfortable with the technology before implementing it in a company. Some training is necessary, even if the wearable in question is an intuitive screen-free solution.
Still, in the world of enterprise, time equals money and wearables save a lot of time and effort. We can expect more businesses to experiment with wearable technology. The future looks bright as ever!
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