Over the past ten years, wearable smart devices, more generally referred to as wearables, have gained a steady following among consumers. The best-known wearables are probably smartwatches like the Apple Watch, but many other forms of wearables have appeared, and continue to emerge today.
In the near future, businesses will see wearables emerging more and more frequently in their workplaces, so they need to consider whether they can utilize these innovations to create a more efficient and connected workplace. Here are some of the common wearable technologies.
The logical result of ongoing studies on how to include health-tracking capabilities in smaller wearables is smart jewellery. The smart ring may be the most popular kind of smart jewelry (as of 2020). Exemplified by brands such as Oura, smart rings are worn like regular rings on the finger, all while collecting health-tracking information that can be checked on a smartphone later by the customer. Smart jewelry may provide a less invasive means of tracking one’s health in the workplace, relative to a smartwatch, without losing the health information that one can gain. In lieu of smartwatches, businesses wishing to encourage healthy lifestyles may recommend supporting or providing workers with smart rings or other jewelry.
Companies also need to explain policies for workers using older implantable devices such as pacemakers for work involving technology-sensitive components (for instance, magnets). New types of implantable technology would be applied to safety guidelines through new logistical wrinkles, and as such, companies should study new implantable devices and update their safety protocols accordingly.
In the coming years, companies will need to assess their dress codes and determine whether or not to encourage smart clothing in meetings, networking activities, and other contexts. It can fix problems before they occur by anticipating future concerns from staff and updating dress codes ahead of the trend.
Smartwatches can be a nuisance in the workplace as an increasingly popular accessory; even if the smartphones of workers are stowed away during a meeting, workers can read the news and use their smartwatches to connect with each other. Furthermore, considering that smartwatches operate on their own operating systems, organizations would need to consider how to handle their networks with smartwatch applications.