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The Benefits Packag
Success Stories
Wearable devices can detect
location, temperature, and even
mood data. This variety of data
points can provide employers
with a clear picture of their
employees' health and give
them ideas on how to modify
behavior and lifestyle choices
outside of the office to imp ove
performance.
When enough people within an organization are using
wearable technology, a shift in company culture can
occur. Striving toward peak health and fitness levels will
become a commonality among co-workers, providing
them with a new topic of conversation in the office and
create a sense of community. Employers will also be able
to transform the workplace into an environment that
promotes and celebrates employee health and wellness.
A program that works well for one company won't
always work well for the next. Some employees are
motivated by incentives, while others don't find it worth
it to make lifestyle changes. When businesses consider
implementing a wellness program involving wearable
devices, they should do some research into what kind of
program would work best for their organization rather
than choosing the most popular new program. Employees
who already own wearables or regularly use other
applications to track their fitness and nutrition may be
hesitant to change up their routine to fit into a program
at work.
Every day, more employers exhibit interest in finding
new ways to encourage their employees to lead healthy
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lifestyles.
Programs
focusing on
health and
well-being are
beginning to
thrive in many
corporations
as a result of
the wearable
technology
craze. These
tracking
devices make
monitoring
health and
fitness metrics
simple and
worry free,
which appeals
to busy workers
who want
to maintain
a healthy
lifestyle. The
data that they
provide is also
appealing to
employers
who want to
change up
their wellness
programs
and incentive
employees
to participate. The results from companies who have
integrated wearables into their organization are hard
to ignore. The increases in employee productivity,
engagement, and job satisfaction are all proof that
working toward personal well-being is a win-win for
individuals and corporations alike.
Autodesk, a multinational software
company, began issuing Fitbit
devices as optional extras to their
employees in 2011. Over half of
the company's U.S. workforce
began using them to track the total
amount of steps they took each day,
which prompted an overall change
in behavior at Autodesk. Once they
had a device to count their steps,
employees made small lifestyle
changes that would push them to be
more active and meet fitness goals.
Buffer, a San Francisco-based social
media startup, provides employees
with Jawbone Up devices so they
can track their activity, sleep, and
amount of calories burned each
day. In an effort to create an open
environment, Buffer employees are
encouraged to share their data,
goals, and accomplishments with
fellow team members. To ease
employees' hesitation and fears
about privacy, company leaders
ensure that the collected data is
only used to support their culture of
self-improvement. After a year with
the Jawbone devices, the Buffer
team has made strides in regards to
fitness, well-being, and openness.
Nate Walkingshaw is vice president of Tanner Labs and creator of
Welbe™, the first digital corporate health and well-being program
that aggregates Real-time Wellness Intelligence™ and enables
companies to measure, influence, and reward employee behavior
on a day-to-day basis.

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