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July 14, 2015

Smart wearables gear up for the workplace

Despite the European trend, Brits are the most reluctant to using wearable technology in their workplace.

By Joao Lima

Wearable technology is soon to be widely adopted across Europe, according to new research from ADP.

Overall, 18% of employees admitted that they already have access to some form of wearable technology in the workplace.

33% of European workers believe wearables would organise workload according to productive times of the day and help manage stress.

Those surveyed also believe solutions like smart watches could help improve their health, with 28% saying that they would like to be alerted to a drop in energy levels. The same amount of respondents would like wearables to help them identify potential health risks to seek medical advice.

Concerns surrounding the technology were expressed by 52% of employees who are worried about the amount of personal data employers can access via wearable technology.

In the UK, the workforce is more hesitant than the other surveyed countries, with 20% saying that they would not use wearables at all, compared to 10% in France and 8% in Germany and the Netherlands.

Annabel Jones, HR Director at ADP UK, said: "We can expect to see a number of new tools enter the workplace in the coming years, which will not only have the potential to create a fully connected workforce but also enhance learning and development practices.

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"Multinational companies that are planning to utilise wearable technology should be aware of the cultural differences and attitudes across Europe."

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