The idea of a wearable device that allows you to interact with the greater world without ever reaching into your pocket may sound good to you, but is it good for your boss?
Look down right now and what do you see? No, not that far… yes, correct; your hands. Like the large smelly bloke at the supermarket, they have this habit of always being right in front of you. Scientists could probably prove that our hands are handy 100% of the time, if only their hands had time for such study. It makes you wonder what happens to the productivity of your hands once you strap your entire universe to your wrist.
The Apple Watch, and other such wearables, pose an interesting question for employers looking to maximise their staff productivity. You don’t have to Google far to find droves of research papers on how smartphones have impacted workplaces across the planet, with most debate pitching the positives of their multitasking capabilities against the negatives of their distractions. More forward-thinking articles focus on the long-tail benefits fitter and happier employees can provide companies against those living alone in their cubicle, but that’s not tangible enough for many.
But really, the smartphone is small time in the grander argument of iProductivity – it’s not like it’s strapped to your wrist. The Apple Watch will vibrate, light-up and otherwise make its show and dance at the slightest tickle from its many synched apps. As you’re typing, digging, filing, serving or whatever, the moment the latest cat meme is shared on your timeline you’ll know about it right there and then.
While it’s one thing for your boss to say “only for work use” when it comes to your smart device, they’ll be far more wary of wearables and could ban them outright. You’ve been warned - three Tweets and you’re out!
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