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Three Benefits of Wearable Technology

HR Tech Outlook | Monday, May 17, 2021

Workplace practices are rapidly evolving as a result of digital technologies. You can quickly schedule and attend a meeting, receive updates on new job candidates, and even track workplace workflow with an app on your mobile.

Fremont, CA: With wearable devices to evaluate and optimize employee wellbeing, digital technology has also pervaded the health and wellness industry. Many companies are gradually integrating wearable technology into their wellness programs to promote the health and efficiency of their workers, from fitness-tracking bands to smartwatches.

Here are three benefits of wearable technology:

Enhance Employee Health and Productivity

Employers and employees may assess their health and lifestyle status, recognize health hazards, and make healthy diet and lifestyle decisions with the help of digital tools linked to wearable devices.

By tracking workers' activity levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, these wearable-based fitness systems keep chronic diseases including hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity in check, whereas other devices, including exoskeletons, help to reduce musculoskeletal stress from lifting and transporting heavy materials. Chronic diseases are one of the main reasons for lost productivity and high healthcare costs in the workplace, and wearable technology is on the scene to help.

‍Increase Workplace Safety

Companies are starting to implement wearable devices that can track and verify an individual's stress levels, as job stress can predispose to injuries and accidents at work.

The VivaLNK Vital Scout, a wearable patch that continuously tracks the user's stress levels, is one of these products. Workers will wear it 24 hours a day for two to three days to get a snapshot of their stress levels.

The Vital Scout uses ECG sensors to provide a detailed overview of the user's heart rhythm pattern during wake and sleep periods to determine their stress levels. This provides insight into irregular stress patterns for both the employer and the employees, allowing for changes in work patterns and design to minimize employee stress levels.

Optimize Workplace Inclusiveness

Supervisors can build balanced exercise challenges by syncing employees' devices together, with each encouraging the other to reach the shared goal. This fosters a more inclusive culture by bringing employees together, enabling them to speak to one another, and assisting them in achieving whatever health target has been set for them.

Employers can implement incentives through wearable devices or offer advanced apps with built-in incentives to further drive participation in such wellness programs. Employers can include incentives such as lunch coupons, gift cards, or fitness apparel in exchange for achieving an activity target.

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