The Apple Watch has hit the market to mixed reviews. Consumers just aren’t sure what to do with it and can’t justify the expenditure on a product without a clear function. Businesses, on the other hand, see endless possibilities arriving in the form of the smart watch. Many view wearables as a way to increase productivity, enhance safety, and even improve worker happiness. Here are some innovative ways that businesses are making wearables work for them.
Health And Safety First
One of the prime reasons that businesses have started adopting wearables is because of their capacity to increase worker safety. Forklift drivers, for example, have been outfitted with these devices to monitor alertness and to prevent accidents.
Because many wearables, including the Apple Watch, work as fitness trackers, this makes them ideal for keeping an eye on workers in physically intense environments. On the flipside, they can also help employees in sedentary workplaces to make space in their day for physical activity. The Apple Watch, for example, will remind users that it’s time to go for a walk after they’ve been seated for a long period. It can even work with users to set personal fitness goals and to monitor progress toward those goals.
With the help of wearables, businesses can groom a safer and healthier workforce. If implemented successfully, companies can use this information to negotiate for lower insurance rates – a benefit for everyone involved.
One of the things about wearables that makes them really attractive to businesses is their potential for monitoring efficiency levels. By tracking employees’ movements, businesses can work to streamline processes, and eliminate unnecessary motions. It’s the future of ergonomics.
More than just monitoring efficiency, however, wearables like the Apple Watch are ideal for increasing efficiency by placing useful tools at workers’ fingertips. Although many view the Apple Watch as a high-end product more suited to the corner office, Paul Trueman of B2B Marketing writes that an ideal site for these tools is in the warehouse. Rather than employees requiring one hand to check shipment data on a phone, they can now just glance at a watch, suddenly increasing the available number of hands by 100%. Imagine how much more efficiently workers can perform their jobs with both hands available.
Another reason that businesses are jumping to bring Apple Watches, in particular, into the workplace is because of the instant access to apps that these wearables provide. Brokers, for example, can get account notifications sent to their watches through the IG Trading app, as well as receive updates on economic news.
The popular interface, Evernote, has also adapted its app for the Apple Watch, keeping employees on-task with updates and reminders. It even manages multi-person project progress, allowing team members to keep in touch and update one another as they complete tasks. These features are highly beneficial for a workforce on the go.
The Best Of Quality And Speed
What really excites businesses about using wearables in the workplace is the combination of speed and quality that these devices can encourage. Indeed, the UK has already been rapidly investing in these technologies and implementing them in a variety of workplaces. Supermarket giant Tesco has equipped employees with wearables that perform such tasks as assigning duties, monitoring order fulfillment, and even predicting task completion times. Reminders from the wearables can help workers to correct errors and improve performance.
With results like these coming out of the UK, American businesses are eager to see the same things happen. Although wearable technologies haven’t reached their peak yet, businesses are in a position to be the prime innovators in the field. If businesses continue rapidly to adopt these technologies – independently or as part of a BYOD policy – programmers will respond to their demands. Ultimately, what businesses make out of these new smart technologies will be a deciding factor in consumer adoption.