HRO Today July/August 2014 - 32

The Benefi ts Package
Wearing Wellness
How wearable devices can impact both employee health and the
bottom line.
By Nate Walkingshaw
It's no secret that wearable technology has become a hot
trend in the recent years. Devices that track health and
fi tness range from simple pedometers to wristbands and
necklace pendants that monitor the amount of calories
burned and record movement and even sleep patterns.
These gadgets make it easier for individuals to get a
picture of their overall health and fi tness so they can stick
with plans to live more healthy lifestyles.
Not surprisingly, this automated hands-free approach to
well-being is also taking off in the corporate world. A
growing number of organizations are implementing wellbeing
programs that leverage wearables by providing
employees devices that capture data on overall health.
Managers are learning more about how their employees'
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behaviors and health choices are impacting their wellbeing,
and consequently, their work performance.
Wellness programs involving the use of wearable
technology have led to happier, healthier workplaces
where employees are motivated to be more productive
and engaged. They have also caused a shift in workplace
culture and focused conversation onto health and
wellness.
Numbers Don't Lie
There have been many studies conducted on the impact
of wearable devices on well-being program participation
rates and results. The Vitality Group, a large incentivebased
wellness program, conducted a three-year analysis
of the prevalence of wearable devices in the workplace

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