Wearable Technology Will Increase Productivity in the Enterprise

Contributor: Robbie Westacott
Posted: 05/01/2014
Wearable Technology Will Increase Productivity in the Enterprise
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Recent research conducted by a team from Goldsmiths, University of London, has produced more evidence suggesting that wearable technologies will have a significant role to play in the future of Enterprise Mobility.

The headline outcome of the study, entitled the Human Cloud at Work (HCAW), saw an 8.5% increase in productivity among the 80 workers who took part over a three week testing period. Other factors which were analysed were employee well-being and job satisfaction.

The three devices which were administered to the workers were: the Lumo Back - designed to correct and improve posture, the NeuroSky - a headset which monitors, quantifies and optimises physical and mental activity, and the GeneActiv - a wrist-worn accelerometer designed for objectively measuring user motion and activities.

The increase in productivity which these technologies provided signals the potential for wearables to impact the enterprise as well as the consumer market, as a rise in employee productivity is firmly at the top of many organisations' prioritised results from their investments in mobility.

The research, which was in partnership with open cloud company Rackspace, also observed that over the course of the study, the job satisfaction levels of the workers rose by 3.5% due to the influence of the wearables.

The five dominant behavioural traits which the researchers highlighted to come out of the study were augmentation, visibility, gamification, balance and monitoring.

It is believed that a large number of organisations in the UK, and most notably the US, are beginning to launch wearable technology-focused projects to assess the benefits for their employees, and consequently their organisational efficiency as a whole.

Wearable technology has been identified by a number of experts as a development which will have an enormous impact on both consumer and enterprise IT alike in the near future, with the market being valued at around $3bn.

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Contributor: Robbie Westacott