Far more than just a gadget for wealthy athletes and tech-hungry geeks, the use of wearable devices is transforming virtual reality games, medicine, recreational play, and music.
This versatility in use has many tech giants furiously working on creating the 'next big wearable', but what kind will it be? Will it have applications in the business world? Is this even possible at the moment?
To delve deeper into this specific issue, today we will be discussing just a few simple ways that wearables can revolutionize business processes and improve productivity in the workplace:
Individualized Office Access Control Systems
Savvy entrepreneurs everywhere are already aware of the benefits that wearables provide. In fact, many have already installed (or at the very least have started developing) NFC systems that will provide staff members with faster-personalized access to various office services.
Since every inch of the office can be programmed to recognize wearables, these devices can make even the most mundane tasks more efficient. From automatic lockouts to computer logins to room access, the automated processes that can be handled with wearables will help decrease not just the time spent on these tasks but any security breaches that may occur. Plus, they can also provide employers with detailed information on how the office is being used, which they can use can analyze to make practical improvements in their companies.
Making Smart Time Management Easier
Wearables make it easier for management to monitor employees. For instance, these devices can show them:
• Time spent on similar tasks
• Time spent on each client
• Distance racking
• Task tracking
But that's not all, wearables can also be synced with various time management software, which will allow for work hours to be logged automatically -- a feature that can make project planning faster.
Accessing Information on the Go
Based on information from the Forrester Report, wearables can give customers, partners, and workers, the chance to experience new levels of simplicity, context, and immediacy, in their mobile computing experience.
Employees, in particular, are able to benefit significantly from wearable devices because they provide them with discrete and immediate access to relevant data is available (hands-free) whenever it is needed.
Location-independent Office Organization
Many businesses are warming to the idea of location-independent offices, where teams have the ability to move freely from hall to hall and room to room. This creates a mobile environment where work is done efficiently and in a more productive atmosphere.
Whether businesses adopt wearable use on a bigger scale, will be dependent on manufacturer's ability to solve certain problems present in wearable technology nowadays:
• Information and security leaks: Wearables rely on Bluetooth connections to work but the problem is that these devices can be vulnerable to attack. Because of their limited functionality, some say that this problem is an exaggeration. Still, it is important that steps are put in place that will prevent data loss and other security issues.
• Wearable technology workplace policies: Because these discreet devices can be used to record people, it is important that business owners create policies for wearable use in the office space. These policies would clearly stipulate the data that can and cannot be recorded by these devices, the conditions, if any, that the data will be available to third parties, etc.
• Storage issues: Although wearables are very helpful in an office environment they are unable to substitute phones or desktops in terms of data storage or management. Thus, it's important to understand the areas where wearables can increase productivity in the office so that they are not overextended.
The Bottom Line
Although the popularity of wearables in the business environment is growing, they are a relatively new technology and their functionally is limited at the moment. But when we let go of unrealistic expectations and when we know their limitations, wearables can be used to streamline some business processes and help businesses run more efficiently.