Employees habits will provide data to employers

by Michael Haberman on October 26, 2015 · 0 comments


Will everyone be wearing such a device in the future?

Will everyone be wearing such a device in the future?

I am away this week at an IBM #NewWaytoWork conference as an invited “Influencer” for my work writing about the future. For this week I am going to highlight a view posts that discuss some of the issues of mobility that we will be discussing at the conference.

Originally posted on April 11, 2014 this post highlights how employers may use data from wearables provided to and worn by employers. Target made news the other day by buying 335,000 devices to give to its employees. They plan on using the data for health reasons, but could they use the data for more?

I and others have written a lot on wearable devices and how they may be used in the future. Here is one other possible use.

Quantified Self

Quantified Self or QS is a termed used to describe people keeping track of their activities and behaviors. Although the term is relatively new, coined in 2010 by Wired, the activity of tracking your behavior and activities is an old one. Ben Franklin was well known for recording what he was doing. Recently the tracking of ones activities and behaviors has become aided by technology.

Wearable devices, mostly geared toward health related activities, measure distances walked, sleeping patterns, as in the FitBit; calories burned, speed, heart rate and more. Right now most of these are done for personal reasons. But what would keep this information from being collected by employers at some point in the future?

Currently employees can be tracked by GPS devices and data can be collected from smart phones by employers. In the future other devices will also measure effectiveness of employees.

It is even conceivable that such data would be collectable on prospective employees. That would certainly make it easier to determine who is really competent and those that only think they are.

How many of you use QS in your daily lives? I use a FitBit and a heart rate monitor and a scale. I also track my whereabouts by use of FourSquare. What do you use?


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