The rise and rise of health trackers at work

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Wearable devices that tracked employee movement and sleeping patterns helped enable the groundbreaking research at the heart of The Healthy Office Revolution. We’re fans.

So we weren’t surprised to read in a round-up of the biggest workplace trends to watch in 2019 that ‘health tracking is expected to see significant growth in 2019’. Apparently, employers are starting to include devices like Apple Watches in workplace wellness plans. The report goes on to say that ‘It is anticipated that by 2021, 90 percent of wellness plans in the U.S. will include health trackers.’

There are all sorts of privacy issues around gathering data on employees in this way. But, from where we’re standing, a greater use of activity trackers has enormous potential to help make workplaces more healthy.

It’s up to employers

The employees who wore activity trackers as part of Liz’s research grew to love them. No-one ever said they felt spied upon for sinister reasons.

Liz’s research proved that people want to be healthy in their workspace. They appreciate organisations that take steps to create healthy working environments.

Employers that do ask their people to wear activity trackers should also accept that they have a responsibility to do everything they can to keep these valuable employees healthy at work. After all, it’s employers who create the conditions that cause stress and burnout. Not employees.

And, as Liz’s research proved, it’s easy and inexpensive to change the way people work so that they become more healthy. You just have to want to do it.