Wearable Devices on the Rise in the Workplace

The incorporation of wearables within employee wellness programs are on the rise, as employers are seeking to keep organizational costs down and gather insight to help promote and benefit the wellness of their employees.
Employers Using Wearables to Monitor Health
A 2017 survey conducted by Springbuk, an Indianapolis based health analytics software company, revealed that 35 percent of employers in the US are using wearables to monitor health and calibrate their wellness initiatives. Respondents were comprised of employers, benefit consultants, and wellness vendors that participated in the Healthiest Employer” Award Program that encompasses over 8,000 employers nationally.
The remaining employers in the survey planned to have a plan in place to onboard wearables within a year. This is a drastic shift in thinking when just a few years ago, many felt that wearable health devices were just a novelty that wouldn’t gain any traction amongst employers because many users hadn’t become accustomed to the everyday use of devices. Devices were great at tracking steps, but didn’t provide much engagement outside of your basic activity data.
B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) 
There are a variety of different wearable devices on the market now and selecting the best one depends on what the individual’s usage will be with the device. Instead of purchasing a standard device to distribute to employees, more employers are allowing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach to not force a new device of technology on individuals who have already gotten accustomed with their preferred tracker.
Data Helps with Strategic Wellness Program Planning
The data gained from these devices have been used to deliver insights to employers about how to invest revenue towards wellness initiatives. When choosing a device to support their wellness programs, 60 percent of employers prioritized app usability.
 
44.1 percent of the employers surveyed used the device data in strategic planning of their wellness program. These programs had an employee participation rate of 83.8 percent, a 61.9 percent change in health risks. Some other metrics used by employers include a 52.7 improvement in employee clinical outcomes, changes in financial outcomes in regards to medical plans (58.7%), and impact of productivity and performance (22.5%). 

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MoveSpring platform allows employers to aggregate device data to assess their employees activity and create reports to analyze data for strategic planning for their wellness program. Administrators are able to create and implement step challenges, provide content that educates and motivates employees on additional benefits the company offers to help them stay healthy.
Conclusion 
While we’re still in the early stages of the overall impact that wearables can have in the workplace, they don’t appear to be falling to the wayside anytime soon. To see how MoveSpring can help boost your current wellness program, stop by movespring.com to request a demo.

Should You Incorporate Wearables Into Your Company’s Wellness Program?

Wearables in the Workplace

Activity wearables have become tools to help promote healthier lifestyles and activity amongst users. Many now consider their days somewhat incomplete if they don’t hit their targeted daily miles or step goal.

It didn’t take long before companies begin jumping onboard in using wearables as a component of a comprehensive workplace wellness program. However, simply providing employees with these devices isn’t enough to help change health behaviors over the long term, and really, that’s the goal of any company. Typically, healthier employees translate into consistent productivity and less days missed do to sick leave.

Encouraging Participation

Aside from offering the devices or reimbursing employees of the purchase of them, implementing realistic goals to hit will make the program work by encouraging participation. Certain incentives can be set to further get more involved in the program. With any new program such as this, support is critical in helping to create new habits. Encouragement in the forms of newsletters or in-office staff is a great way to help with motivation and inspiration.

Keeping the program fresh and fun can seem like a challenge but there are numerous of ideas and themes to keep your employees active and inspired. Whether setting a collective goal, or making it competitive, the program should be one that is enjoyable and not cumbersome. Encouraging the submission of ideas, thoughts and testimonials is a great way to get first-hand knowledge of how the program is working. The testimonials can be used as a great source of inspiration around the office and the collection of ideas can help inspire new challenges to help keep things fresh.

In Summary

The goal is for the workplace practices to lead to long-term use and positive results. Wearables are only just a small part of investing into your employees overall health. While the devices are a great start, having a comprehensive strategy to encourage maximum participation is just as important.

 

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