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Can Wearable Tech Increase Productivity In the Office?


It seems like everywhere you turn these days, everyone is talking about wearable tech. Whether it’s about Google Glass, fitness trackers, or smart watches, these devices are becoming more popular — and increasingly mainstream. Typically, they’re used to help increase health, helping the wearer keep track of calories or steps, or monitoring blood pressure. But could wearables actually benefit you in your career, and increase productivity in the office?

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According to recent research from Goldsmiths, University of London, wearable technologies have been found to boost employee productivity by 8.5 percent. Additionally, other findings from Human Cloud at Work’s (HCAW) research showed that wearable technologies increases job satisfaction by 3.5 percent. The HCAW report is part of a two-year collaboration between Rackspace and the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, which investigated cloud-enabled wearable devices and their impact on UK businesses and consumers.

“The big step change for both individuals and businesses is being able to analyze the raw data and understand the wider context surrounding the data, such as the weather location, posture, even temperature and mood of the individual,” says Nigel Beighton, UK CTO of Rackspace. “By focusing on the data as well as the devices, wearable technologies can provide meaningful insights that can be used to improve performance and satisfaction.”

How can you use this research to improve your work situation? By processing what your own wearables are telling you. If you find that your blood pressure goes up during certain types of meetings, preventing you from contributing, or that taking a walk for coffee in the afternoon definitely leads to a creative burst afterward, you might want to consider bringing this up to your boss — or making small changes to manage your situation without even getting the boss involved. (Think deep breathing before a tense meeting.)

It’s your health — and job — on the line, after all. 

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