Wearable Technology and Applications for Human Resources

Last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was packed full with eye-catchers, but one of the biggest products to hit the markets—the wearable tech device—is appearing across many industries with promises of efficiency, economic benefit and boosts in productivity. Those in human resources are finding that the possibilities are far larger than they may have thought just a few years ago.

Here are a list of just some of the applications which HR in more than just tech-savvy companies may soon be considering as outlined in this recent article on 2014’s CES and wearable tech devices.

  • Smartglasses
  • Smartwatches
  • Wearable health monitors
  • Wearable medical devices
  • Radio-frequency-identification-based chips

These are just a few of the innovative devices already in use by many—devices that are getting less expensive and whose use is growing far more pervasive by the day.

According to the article, the potential of these devices usage wise seems “limitless.”

For example, smartglasses can be used by people who need to use both hands to complete a complex task — ranging from fixing a machine to performing delicate brain surgery. Insurance claims professionals might use smartglasses to visually capture damages and simultaneously check on the costs of replacement parts. Messengers and drivers can use smartglasses as hands-free GPS navigation devices.

HR professionals may find that applications of these products would be beneficial for evaluating employee performance, to monitor efficiency, to gauge quality and more. Another benefit of wearable devices is the ability to view recordings that will be able to help them identify “problem employees” and take corrective action to prevent “excessive and unwarranted breaks during work time.”

Other benefits for HR include dealing with job conditions or deal with hazardous substances. According to the article,

If hazardous substances, dangerous conditions or significant physical exertion is part of the job, wearable biometric sensors could help prevent employee injuries and minimize the chances of workers’ compensation claims. In transportation and shipping industries, such devices — when paired with a vibrating or sonic alert that detects lower heart rates or respiratory rates — may also be able to help prevent drivers from falling asleep behind the wheel.

Organizations like iRecord are jumping on board with their customizable, mobile devices to provide digital recording solutions that can work in any job context, including HR. Their release of the Anywhere Tablet is just one example of mobile technology which consumers across industries, employers and employees alike are moving toward.

The iRecord Anywhere™ tablet creates high definition, on-demand digital video recordings to securely document situations that could have ethical, financial or legal consequences. With simple touchscreen controls, users have the ability to add searchable notes and data and easily save the recordings for playback on any PC. iRecord Anywhere™ is ideal for the HR environment as it enhances productivity, increases efficiency and effectiveness (while decreasing costs) and minimizes risk!

We’d love to share more with you and customize your Anywhere Tablet to capture just what you need as an HR professional. Contact us today to learn how to get started.

 

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