(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. The Boston Globe named Kronos number one on their annual Top Places to Work list. Congrats to them – very well deserved! Enjoy the post.)
My new fascination is wearable technology (aka wearables). One of the reasons I’m fascinated with the topic is because the definition of wearables is so broad. It ranges from fitness trackers to smart watches. I’ve even heard people define smart phones as a wearable, since we carry them with us all the time.
Our friends at Kronos understand the impact wearables can have on the workplace. That’s why The Workforce Institute conducted a survey about wearable technology at work. You can check it out here. Some of the findings were interesting:
- 48% of adults in the U.S. believe wearables could benefit the workplace
- The top three wearable devices are headphones, watches, and computing devices.
- 33% of U.S. adults cite efficiency and work/life balance as reasons to use wearables
Speaking of efficiency and work/life balance, I couldn’t resist including this Time Well Spent cartoon about wearables.
Like other forms of technology, wearables are only good if you take advantage of their benefits. For instance, if I wear my Fitbit but never look at the data…what benefit am I really getting?
At this point, I must say that wearables aren’t really about fashion. They are about function. I believe this will change in the not too distant future. Then watch out, because the wearable market will really take off.0