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Workers intrigued by wearables for the office

Fred O'Connor | Jan. 12, 2015
Employees are eager to incorporate wearable devices into their work routines but aren't convinced the technology will make their jobs easier and want employers to cover the costs, according to a survey from IT staffing firm Modis.

Close to 60 percent of workers polled said that being around people with fitness trackers would inspire them to be physically active, while 45 percent of them said it would change their workout plans.

Other wearables devices workers are interested in using at the office include smartglasses [29 percent] and input devices [18 percent] that rely on gestures and motions to complete activities, such as controlling a laptop with a sensor-equipped armband.

"As product like a Google Glass matures and becomes a little more mainstream and the uses of it [increase], people in the workplace will be willing to use it," said Knight.

But some employees also expressed security and privacy security concerns regarding the use of wearable devices. Nearly a quarter of people polled [23 percent] were concerned that companies may use wearables to collect personal information on them.

 

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