Don’t lie–we ALL love gad­gets. From the obscure (but hilar­i­ous­ly reviewed on Ama­zon) Hut­zler 571 Banana Slicer to the lat­est iter­a­tion of the Apple empire. Gad­gets and tech­nol­o­gy can make our lives eas­i­er, make process­es faster, and even help us get health­i­er. Busi­ness­es are now using the pop­u­lar­i­ty of wear­able tech­nol­o­gy to encour­age employ­ee well­ness and increase pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and morale.

Accord­ing to a sur­vey cit­ed on Huff­in­g­ton Post, “82% of wear­able tech­nol­o­gy users in Amer­i­can said it enhanced their lives in one way or anoth­er.” How so? Well, in the instance of health and well­ness, tech wear­ers are much more aware of how much, or how lit­tle, they are mov­ing through­out the day. We know that our seden­tary lifestyles aren’t healthy and can lead to big­ger health risks long term. Obe­si­ty, heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, and Type 2 Dia­betes are all side effects of this non-active lifestyle. But, these are all side effects that can be reversed with phys­i­cal­ly get­ting mov­ing. Being aware of the cause of these prob­lems helps us get moti­vat­ed to work towards a solution.

Fit­bit, Apple Watch, Peb­ble, and Jaw­bone UP all have activ­i­ty track­ing devices.  Many com­pa­nies are offer­ing incen­tives for employ­ees who work on stay­ing fit and healthy by using this wear­able tech­nol­o­gy. For exam­ple, BP Oil gave employ­ees a free Fit­bit in exchange for them track­ing their annu­al steps. Those BP employ­ees who logged 1 mil­lion steps in a year were giv­en low­er insur­ance pre­mi­ums. These ben­e­fits for the employ­ee are mon­e­tary but there are oth­er pros to con­sid­er as well. The data col­lect­ed with wear­able tech­nol­o­gy is very accu­rate and can help the user when she goes to her physi­cian for an ail­ment. The doc­tor can look at this data and it can help con­nect the dots with symp­toms and then assist the provider with a diagnosis.

So, what are the advan­tages to the com­pa­ny who cre­ates well­ness pro­grams uti­liz­ing wear­able technology?

  • Job seek­ers have said that employ­ee well­ness pro­grams like this are very attrac­tive to them when look­ing for a job.
  • Mil­len­ni­als are already wear­ing these devices and say that employ­ers who invest in their well-being increas­es employ­ee morale.
  • Employ­ee health­care costs are reduced.
  • Improved pro­duc­tiv­i­ty includ­ing few­er dis­rup­tions from sick days.

The over­all health and fit­ness of the com­pa­ny can be the dri­ving force behind intro­duc­ing wear­able tech­nol­o­gy in a busi­ness but the ben­e­fits are so much more than that. Morale and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty are intan­gi­ble ben­e­fits but very impor­tant ones to con­sid­er. All in all, wear­able tech­nol­o­gy is a great incen­tive for adopt­ing healthy lifestyles and that ben­e­fits everyone—employee AND employer.