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.