News Feature | January 22, 2015

8 Of 10 Employees Would Use Health Tracking Wearables

Katie Wike

By Katie Wike, contributing writer

Old Player Is New Entrant To Wearables Market

According to a survey, many employees would be willing to use wearable fitness and health trackers at work if their employers added a little incentive.

Wearables might really catch on - if there’s an extra reward for their users that is. According to a Cornerstone OnDemand survey, employees are willing to use wearables to track their health and fitness, as long as their employers reward them.

The survey found that, while only 12 percent of those surveyed use wearable tech for work, a little over seven in ten of those wearable tech users say that it has helped them to be more productive. Seventy-two percent of employees believe that wearable tech in the workplace will eventually become standard and 66 percent of workers would be willing to use wearable tech if it helped them do their job better. Cornerstone OnDemand says this is a 7 percent increase from last year.

mHealth News reports researchers saw a 14 percent jump in just one year in employees who said they were suffering from work overload (up to 68 percent) in the 2014 survey. They pointed out that this is an indicator of workplace stress that can lead to health and wellness issues.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents to the survey would use a company-supplied wearable to track health and fitness data in exchange for an extra 5 percent in their end-of-year bonus. Another 57 percent would do it for a reduced health insurance premium, and 36 percent would do it in exchange for a discount to an exercise program.

“We now live in a world where physical presence is optional, lines between work and life are increasingly blurred by tech, and flex schedules are viewed by employees as a right, not a perk,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “Employers who empower their people to get their work done in the best ways possible, whether it is through policies, resources or workplace culture, are best positioned to attract and retain top talent. Fortunately, cloud and mobile tech is making it easier to intertwine physical and virtual workspaces in ways that still encourage collaboration and connectivity.”

“Workers say they are feeling overloaded and unproductive, but the bigger question is whether their employers know they’re feeling this way,” added Miller. “The survey results emphasize how critical it is for organizations to have a better pulse on their workforce, whether it is gaining the right insight, having the right conversations or enabling the right levels of transparency. The ability to help employees tackle productivity roadblocks and thrive in their roles not only helps businesses to stay competitive but also can increase employee engagement and loyalty.”

The report’s entire findings are summed up in this infographic.