If there’s one thing that is going to change in the workplace in the next few years, it’s that wearables are going to be come common place. No, not everyone is going to be walking around with Google Glass eyewear on, but many people will have their building security handled by a wearable, while others will use them to keep in touch with their team, or provide key feedback on when people are getting too tired to continue working safely. Wearables are coming, but almost no one has a wearable policy in place yet.
And that’s pretty dangerous, because wearables have all sorts of potential problems that while minor, could potentially spell doom for certain businesses if they don’t take them in hand. There are issues with security, as if people are wandering around with them outside of work there’s the potential for theft and hacking; then there’s the problem with personal privacy and whether you want to keep an eye on your employees beyond the workplace; and there’s potential problems with those that don’t want to wear them.
All of these are things that need to be worked out, preferably before wearables are introduced at all, but certainly before they become a company wide thing.
Fortunately then, even though most companies haven’t enacted a wearable policy yet (only about 13 per cent by the last count), a lot are planning to. According to systems monitoring and IT automation company Ipswitch, as many as a third of all European businesses will have brought to bear some sort of werable policy within the next year.
The most forward thinking companies tend to come from France and Germany, though the UK is lagging behind, with just a quarter of businesses expected to enact wearable policy by the end of 2015.
As part of its study into wearable adoption in SMEs, Ipswitch found that a lot of companies are pushing for wearable policy, simply because they expect a lot of their employees to begin bringing their own wearables to work. In-fact as many as 36 per cent of those polled believed someone in their company would be coming to work with an Apple smartwatch sometime next year.
And indeed that may be the way the wearable revolution works. Thanks to the growth of Bring Your Own Device schemes in workplaces when it comes to smartphones, we may see a similar trend when it comes to wearables.
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