Wellness & Benefits | Wearables: A Fab Find for Boosting Engagement?

Wellness programs can help lower health care costs and boost productivity in the workplace, since absenteeism rates may diminish when workers aren’t sick as often. Many employers have rolled out or are considering launching wearables-based initiatives to help employees stay on track with fitness and overall health goals. Others are taking it a step further by inserting wearables into company identification badges so they can track and measure employee well being. For instance, Humanyze, a Boston-based start-up, has launched an opt-in “Sociometric Badge,” a microwearable that collects data on the workforce and analyzes it to identify trends. Badge sensors track posture, location, tone, and conversation speed. This is certainly an emerging area, and during this forward-facing session, HR leaders will learn:

  • The latest statistics on why companies are rolling out wearables-based initiatives right now—and examples of companies that are experiencing desired results
  • How to tell if the cost of investing in wearables is really worth it for your company
  • Examples of how wearables may be used to measure employee satisfaction, retention, safety, and other key employment issues
  • Tips for rolling out wearables-based wellness programs and how they fit into company strategy concerning incentives
  • Legal, security, and privacy concerns to watch out for when collecting wearables-related data from the workforce