You may believe that your company has all the essential technology to improve employee welfare as well as their performance. However, new methods and technologies for improving all aspects of work are continually being developed. One of these upcoming business technologies are smartwatches.
In this article, I will discuss the advantages of smartwatches for businesses and how these small devices can achieve big things.
Having smartwatches is a unique way to optimize work operations in a business. The data collected by the smartwatch, such as routes, steps, time or activities, can be later analyzed and used to optimize work processes and increase employee safety and productivity.
With this information, you can immediately look into performance issues and declines and take action. Processes can be adjusted and workflow optimized by pointing out inefficient work processes to employees.
Employee productivity can be increased by making significant alterations to work patterns and optimizing workflow.
Every employee has a number of tasks that must be attended, and sometimes keeping track of them can be challenging. Due to the fact that watches are compact and constantly attached to the hand, they won’t be misplaced and important arriving notifications will not go unnoticed.
Furthermore, due to their small design, they are easy to operate, all information is quickly available, both hands are free and employees do not have to handle other large devices, which will save time and increase productivity.
Prompt communication is key and needed in both routine work situations and during emergencies to ensure employee safety.
With smartwatches, no messages are left unseen. With other bulkier devices, employees may miss a message due to being in a noisy place or just not having the device with them. This issue is resolved with smartwatch vibrations that are emitted when receiving messages or updates. Employees will undoubtedly feel the notification and will be able to respond as soon as they receive it.
This form of communication saves time as the employees notice the message with a single glance and can reply with a short quick pre-programmed response. Noticing and even using another bulkier device takes up far more time than a swift three-button tap on the wrist.
Health and Safety
One of the most significant advantages of adopting smartwatches for business is the health and safety aspect of them.
A smaller device on hand is safer because workers will be less distracted than with bigger devices. Furthermore, with a smartwatch being strapped to their wrist, individuals will have both hands free for important procedures and will be able to call for help during emergencies.
Because wearable sensors monitor both movement and health data, they can help in aspects such as workplace safety, accident detection, accident prevention and social distancing (COVID-19).
Employees may be alerted to potential crises, dangers, or health risks via emergency alerts transmitted to the watch.
Accident detection may be quicker with a quick tap of an emergency button on the watch and/ or by detecting unusual health, activity or movement abnormalities around dangerous areas.
The employer may use past health and injury data to propose preventative measures against accidents. This data can be also used to propose health tips and reminders to stay healthy at work.
Finally, the use of smartwatches is a great social distancing tool during pandemics. Preventative alerts can be sent to watches that have been in close proximity for an extended period of time, and/or in the event of an employee infection, other employees who have been in close contact with the infected individual can be easily identified.
Smartwatches not only improve and change personal lives of people all around the world, but they can also greatly transform businesses as well. Such devices can optimize workflow, improve productivity, communication and health and safety at work, thereby benefiting both the employees and employers alike.