Wearable Smart devices and their wide range of advanced capabilities are becoming an integral part of
daily life and the workplace. The rapid development of wearable technology has since raised the
question of how Smart devices can improve one’s health. As an employer, how can these wearable
devices promote employee-wellness and foster a healthy work environment?
This newsletter is intended to inform employers of employees’ increased interest in wearable
technology, why these Smart devices are becoming so mainstream, and how advanced technology can
incentivize employees to improve their health and wellness.
Are Employees Interested in Wearable Devices?
Both employers and employees have a strong and growing interest in using wearable devices to
enhance wellness programs, especially since the capabilities of wearable devices have evolved to
include features that are not directly related to health yet still show significant effects on productivity
and performance in the workplace.
An emerging trend in the wearable device industry is the integration of fitness tracking abilities into
Smart watches that have a variety of business-relevant features, such as calendar reminders, payment
processing, and advanced communication methods. As these devices become a standard part of the
workplace, much of the functionality in wearables is no longer centered on physical activity. Rather,
health data is captured in the background of devices being worn for other functional purposes.
With the increase in both individuals who own wearable Smart devices and the implementation of these
devices in employee-wellness programs, health trackers have successfully infiltrated employees’
personal and professional lives. Their versatility offers employees an easy and fashionable mechanism to
embrace healthy living within the workplace.
Why Are Wearable Devices Popular?
One of the reasons for the rise in wearables in the workplace is the continuous advancement of the
technology in tracking devices. No longer limited to antiquated pedometers, wearable devices come in
fashionable designs, with processing capabilities that allow for broader application than simple step-
counting. Smart watches and other wearable devices not only address employees’ physical health, but
also promote mental health through guided breathing sessions and meditative practices. With the wide
variety of health features offered within wearable devices, in addition to the many business-related
capabilities that Smart devices include, wearable technology has made promoting employees’ health in
the workplace as simple as checking their watch!
What Can I Do as An Employer?
Employers are promoting wearable devices to monitor health-related data such as distance walked,
steps taken, calorie consumption, and sleep patterns. Monitoring these areas of employees’ health and
encouraging healthier behaviors is intended to help individuals improve their wellness.
Many employers have already made significant investments in wearable devices to engage their
employees in healthy behaviors and to incentivize participation in employer-sponsored wellness
programs. From subsidizing a percentage of the cost of wearable devices, to giving trackers away as an
incentive for employee participation, the possibilities of utilizing trackers in wellness programs are
considerable. Not to mention the functionality of Smart devices far surpasses health tracking, as
employees can use their wearable device for a variety of business-related tasks.
Keeping employee-satisfaction at the forefront of a company can pose a challenge to employers,
especially since the healthcare industry is constantly changing. One way to combat the complexities of
health benefits is by offering employees a device that is both enjoyable and functional to promote
engagement in wellness programs.
At TDG, we prioritize both employer and employee satisfaction with their health benefits. Consult with
us if you would like to learn more about wellness programs and incentive methods to enhance your
employees’ health care experience.