When it comes to PPE, wearables are already here, and they are here to stay. Much like the introduction of the cellphone, wearables are going to revolutionize the workplace and PPE in particular. In this article, we are going to talk about ten ways wearables will revolutionize PPE and the workplace.
1. Improved Productivity
The less you have to worry about safety issues, the more productive you can be. When workers are using wearables that help them stay safe and keep those around them from coming to harm, he or she will be able to get more done in a smaller window of time.
An example would be a wearable that warns the person wearing it that they are entering an area that is unsafe. If workers don’t have to worry about where they are going, they will be focused on the task at hand instead of worrying about your personal safety.
2. Increased Efficiency
When you have valuable information at your fingertips or in some cases, on your finger, on your wrist, or in a headband, you will be able to get work done quicker and without a lot of hassle. Wearables can double as PPE and help with the efficiency of the wearer as well.
3. Additional Safety
While safety glasses and gloves have been around for a long time, wearables are going to bring premium PPE and safety to the next level. With smart technology, there are countless alerts and communications that will help the wearer to increase their safety. Workplace safety is one of the biggest concerns for employees and business leaders alike. Wearables help with this issue to provide additional safety in an easy to remember manner.
4. Ease of Use
When PPE is easy to use, people are more likely to use it. Often PPE is bulky and unattractive which may not compel people to use it. PPE shouldn’t be hard to figure out or uncomfortable. Wearables make PPE easy and fun.
5. More Connection
Wearables allow for further connection in the workplace. Workers can use the wearables and have a connection to any of the departments necessary to get the vital information. If you are not sure about a certain safety issue, you can contact the necessary department to ask them about the best way to move forward with a certain task.
6. Worker Adoption
Worker adoption is often a challenge even though people may get in trouble for not wearing proper PPE. People love wearables and will be sure to wear their PPE instead of leaving it on a table somewhere when it should be with them. Wearables are trendy, and people want to use them instead of feeling like they are required to use them. Higher worker adoption leads to worker satisfaction which makes the workplace a safer and more pleasant place to work.
7. Aid in Functions
Wearables in the workplace are going to make it easier for everyone to function. Performing certain actions may have been a challenge in the past, but with smart technology to help the process, it is going to make it a simpler and smarter workplace. When you are able to get things done in an efficient manner, there is less rushing, and things get done properly with the help of wearables. When functions are don’t properly, and you are taking your time to get them done, this helps increase personal safety.
8. Better Customer Engagement
If someone is working with a customer and he or she needs to gather information, it can be dangerous if he or she are in an area where they need to pay attention and keep the customer close. Instead of having to go to find the solution, you can use your wearable to get the information in a hands-free manner. Being able to access information without using your hands will enable workers to stay focused, stay safe and still work with the customer as needed.
9. Better Business Performance
Business owners are already forecasting that they are going to have better business performance with wearables in the workplace. Now instead of having to wonder what is working with safety, businesses will be able to get gigs and gigs of safety information to analyze. Companies may need to assign full teams to go through the amount of information that is gathered through wearables. The information that is gathered and analyzed can be used to implement new safety measures. When data is cross-referenced, you may see things that can be fixed in multiple areas of your business for better performance.
Better communication means better safety. Wearables that make it easier to communicate with people that have the information that is needed to perform the job allow for increased safety in the workplace.
Wearables are Changing the Workplace
It is no longer a question of if wearables are going to disrupt the workplace. Two other questions have to be answered, and those questions are:
- When are wearables going to be commonplace in the workplace?
- How many wearables are going to be in the workplace?
Any business that values worker safety sees the value of wearables in the workplace, and they are coming to every industry and profession. While wearables might be highly adopted in some industries already, the mass acceptance of wearables is coming. Being an early adopter isn’t necessary, but the sooner that you adopt this technology in your business, the less of a learning curve you are going to have when all of the other businesses are only getting started with wearables.
Learning more about the options in the wearable industry for your business will allow you to see some things that you can use to allow your business to operate more safely. Speaking with professionals that understand where wearables are going to be most effective can also be helpful. If you have any questions, make sure to contact us, and we will be glad to help you understand more about how wearables can help you and your business.