Pros and Cons of Wearable Tech in the Enterprise

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-06-02 Email

The age of wearable tech is here—whether companies are ready or not. These devices already represent a $5 billion market, and that's expected to grow to $12.6 billion by 2018. (Google Glass alone is projected to sell 21 million units by that year.) Enthusiasm is building, as three-quarters of professionals surveyed said wearable tech would make them more efficient on the job, and one-third said they're likely to buy smartwatches, Google Glass or another wearable item. Meanwhile, 57 percent said they'd take advantage of wearable fitness tracking devices, and 44 percent said wearables would improve their access to good health care advice, which would result in lower health care costs for companies. So, assuming that enterprise acceptance of wearable devices will follow the same path as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement—meaning there will be initial reservations among some decision-makers, which will later give way to a "let's see how we can make this work" mindset—employees and managers should know about the following pros and cons of this technology. Our list addresses productivity, engagement, security and even job stress, among other key factors. They were compiled by a number of online resources, including those posted by Software Specialists and Neon Goldfish.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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