Wearable Technology To The Rescue

Productivity and employee performance: Wearable technology to the rescue

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Productivity is a vital component of any organization that is interested in prolonged business continuity including high profit margins and customer satisfaction. People do the work, so what happens when they refuse to work according to rules? New approaches to wearable technology has culminated in the invention of devices, which can be used in the building of the personalized biological profiles of workers of an organization, in such a way that employees can be monitored to determine their work rates including their peak periods and off-days. This concept has been described as human optimization. One of the most challenging jobs in the industry today is distribution. Employers are keen about the way packaged items are lifted, especially heavy materials, and when they arrive at the points of their deliveries. In Nigeria, for instance, online shopping sites like Jumia and Konga, spend more on calls, emails and the use of social media such as Facebook, twitter, wechat, and the likes of them to reach out to their distributors and ensure that goods ordered for are safely delivered to the customers. The task of doing this comes with a plethora of consequences.

Here is a short video that shows what I can do with Wearable Technology

Wear-kinetic – how it works

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The wearable Wear-kinetic vibrates when an object is lifted incorrectly

Occupational safety is a major pre-requisite for improved performance. No employee will be keen about sustaining injuries while at work, for the same wages. So, providing a wearable that allow workmen to know when they are following the proper procedures gives room for improved performance and job enhancement. As a wristable, Wear-kinetic is worn on the wrist, and provides a means for the workers to follow the appropriate procedures for lifting objects, which are meant for distribution. An object can be lifted in both a correct and incorrect manner. So what the wearable does is to vibrate whenever an object is lifted incorrectly. This alerts the wearer of the use of a wrong lifting approach, and with the incorporated software, the correct procedure can be indicated. Managers can then provide healthy solutions to the workforce while monitoring the work rate of each employee. At the same time, safety analytics of individual employees can be viewed.

Here is a short audio that shows what I can do with Wearable Technology

The next leap

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A bio-sensor can track employees’ performance through heart rate and breathing. It is believed that wearable technology should allow employees to present bio-metric curriculum vitae to potential employers in the nearest future. Since a wearable technology like Wear-kinetic is able to capture safety rules and provides response options for safety analytics of employees, I am of the opinion that such a provision should be extended with bio-sensors to allow the employees to have copies of these information including visuals and percentages indicating work rates and performance indices. In this way, it will be possible to allow potential employers to view a worker’s work statistics and use that as the basis for skills assessment and remuneration. Possible success rate for the use of wearables may come from that, like sportsmen, employees are likely to be more dedicated to their assigned duties if they are able to have intra-personal knowledge concerning them, and the factors that enhance their overall job performance. With this information, there is the likelihood of improvement at all levels, and most especially for the assigned tasks to bring about the needed productivity rates. Chris Brauer, who is the Director of Innovation at Goldsmiths University of London, believes that the use of bio-metric CVs by financial traders will be a boost to the confidence of employers in their new recruits with respect to jobs, which have very high stress levels.

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Wearable technology is gradually gaining popularity