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Wearable Devices at Work: How CIOs Must Deal with It

More employees are coming with wearable devices to work. CIOs are yet to decide if this new habit is a bane or a boon for the organization. While it becomes easier to track employee activities, it also raises the issues of privacy breaches. In this article at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson discusses the pros and cons of this connected device. Either way, his opinions will help CIOs to deal with the usage of wearable devices at work.

Wearables Devices: Boon or Bane

Fitbits and Apple watch generate a lot of data regarding the wearer’s daily activities. Since CIOs are accountable for the safety, storage, transfer, and access of corporate data, they must deal with these too. Following are the ways how the CIOs can optimize the data from the wearable devices:

  1. Workforce Productivity: The wearable devices collect data regarding the employees’ physical status, location, activities, etc. CIOs can track this data to find out the productivity level of the employees. This will also help the insurance agencies track the health of the employees and find patterns in their daily habits.
  2. Stress Levels of Employees: The employees come to know that they are suffering from stress burnout only after it reaches an extreme point. This lowers their productivity, which impacts the companies’ reputation in the long run. The wearable devices will help CIOs make corrective measures and create a stress-free environment.
  3. Access to Personal Information: Athletes are using jackets and helmets that relay information about their activities. These further can be used to enhance their performance. CIOs can have more access to real-time data by accessing employees’ wearable devices.

The Challenges

However, these connected devices are still new in the workspace domain. CIOs can face the following challenges while dealing with those at work:

  1. Permission to Access Personal Data: The companies must seek permission to access employees’ personal data. The collected data must be available for public eyes.
  2. The Accuracy of Information: These wearable devices are still in their initial stages of development. They have glitches and can generate inaccurate data. CIOs cannot make decisions about employees’ productivity based solely on these.
  3. Privacy Issues: CIOs must be transparent with the employees about the data the company is accessing. They must assure that the information will be used for official purposes only and warranty data security.

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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