UK employees most reluctant to use wearable technology

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6 August, 2015

A year on from the report conducted by Goldsmiths suggesting that wearable technology could boost productivity by 8.5% the latest report from ADP – The Workplace Technology Insight 2015: UK and European employees’ perspective.

The report found that 20% of workers in the UK would not use wearable technology. When compared with figures of just 8% in Germany and just 10% in France, it’s easy to see why British hesitation about adopting these gadgets is thought to be a wariness about sharing personal information with employers.

Wearable technology relates to a variety of different products ranging from biometric devices, which can help users adjust their posture for better performance, to headsets, which translate brain activity into actions.

The report found that contrary to employees views, employers were keen to unlock the potential in its widespread use. Many believe that collection of information about employees activities, personal health and performance could help to identify stress-related performance drops in output before they become an issue.

Approximately one third of employers would use the technology on its staff to monitor stress levels and exploit this data to organise work schedules around spikes in productivity. Over a quarter of employers would like to deploy the gadgets to engage employees on a welfare level and identifying health risks and energy levels.

Wearable technology can have benefits for both employees and employers but the trust placed in the hands of the employer by the employee must be matched by mutually beneficial outputs.

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