Wearable Technologies Can Boost Employee Productivity

Wearable Technologies

Wearable technologies have been found to boost employee productivity by 8.5%, experts from Goldsmiths, University of London have found. Goldsmiths have launched findings from a study analysing the impact of wearable technologies in the workplace on employee well-being, productivity and job satisfaction.

Alongside news that productivity can be improved, other findings from the Human Cloud At Work (HCAW) research show that wearing wearable technologies increases job satisfaction by 3.5%.

Dr Chris Brauer, lead researcher said: “These results show the potential power and application of wearable devices in the workplace from employee biometric CVs to organisational real-time executive dashboards for resource allocation.

“Wearable technologies are arguably the biggest trend since tablet computing, so it’s natural that employees and businesses will look to use these devices in the workplace. Using data generated from the devices, organisations can learn how human behaviours impact productivity, performance, well-being, and job satisfaction. Employees can demand work environments and hours be optimised to maximise their productivity and well-being.”

Delivering Measureable Benefit

Overall, the results of the study show that cloud technology is powering the wearable technology revolution – providing rich insights from big data and giving firms, employees and consumers information they can use to make positive changes to performance.

The focus on having the necessary IT in place to extract meaningful insights from the data is a key finding from the HCAW study. The research found that one employee created upwards of 30GB of data per-week from the three wearable devices. Scaled across an organisation, this is clearly a huge amount of information that needs to be captured, stored and analysed.

Many wearable technologies are focused on how improving some aspect of an individual’s life – whether it is for health and fitness, focus and concentration, productivity or job satisfaction. The big step change for both individuals and businesses is being able to analyse the raw data and understand the wider context surrounding the data, such as the weather location, posture, even temperature and mood of the individual.

By focusing on the data as well as the devices, wearable technologies can provide meaningful insights that can be used to improve performance and satisfaction. Essentially wearable tech and big data go hand-in-hand.

According to a Vanson Bourne survey of 300 IT decision makers in the UK, 29% of UK businesses have some form of wearable technologies projects in practice. The main reasons for such projects are employee well-being (16%), instant access to important information (15%), and improved customer service (14%). The greatest perceived barrier to entry for wearable technology at work was having an IT infrastructure that could take advantage of the data being collected and analysed (20%).

Nigel Beighton

Nigel Beighton is responsible for driving the OpenStack Cloud community internationally and for delivering world-class offerings for Rackspace in the international markets it serves. He is Rackspace’s voice in the market place across EMEA and Asia Pacific, and the central focus for the International technical team to increase the level of expertise and engagement. Nigel has considerable experience with strong technology, leadership and commercial capability. He has most recently worked as Group CTO for Associated Northcliffe Digital covering the group’s digital businesses, including FindaProperty, Prime Location, and Teletext. Over the past 10 years Nigel has been CTO for lastminute.com, Operandi-Group and CityReach International. He was also the Director of Enterprise Strategy for Symantec.