While some businesses still set on their opinion that wearable technology is just a flash-in-the-pan gimmick, new research by the University of London has shown that it already has a major part to play in promoting productivity.
Researchers from Goldsmiths at the University of London have conducted a one-month study of the effects of wearable devices on workers’ well-being, productivity and job satisfaction and have concluded that employee productivity was increased by 8.5%.
Participants wore brain activity sensors, motion monitors and posture coach gadgets to assess their behaviour and allow them to improve upon it. This enabled the researchers and employers to assess location, temperature and even mood data to provide insights on improving efficiency. The study also demonstrated a 3.5% improvement in job satisfaction from participants.
Lead researcher on the project, Dr Chris Brauer, said: “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.”
“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.”
The project also highlighted that 29% of UK firms and 63% of US firms are currently undertaking some form of wearable technology project and that less than 5% of employees raised concerns about wearing the devices.
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