With the merging of the technology and fashion industries, there are now more than a few wearable gadgets that are coming into the workplace. This increasing trend has now created entirely new issues for employers to learn to manage in the office.
From rings and smartwatches and belts and wristbands, many modern IT departments are working tirelessly to try and stay a step ahead of the daily technology challenge by creating new policies that will help to protect the interests of the staff, as well as the entire business.
What does this mean for the future of your office space? Mainly that you need to forget about the traditional BYOD rules, as you are now in an area of Bring-Your-Own-Everything realm. In the near future, research has indicated that there is going to be a surge in the wearable technology options and use with the numbers reaching around 150 million devices by the year 2018.
Some of the routes that many businesses are pursuing include:
- Implementing a complete ban on all type of wearable technology. However, the enforcement of this policy would likely prove to be a headache for any HR department
- Update the company guidelines. This would restrict and set up new parameters regarding wearable. This is specifically related to the information that is collected during a business’s hours of operation, how it will be used and where it is stored.
This wearable technology is meant to be beneficial, which means if you can figure out a way to use it for your business, it will be extremely beneficial.
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