Brits demand wearable devices with healthcare apps at work

Research from technology company Ricoh UK reveals that nearly half of British workers would like to see healthcare apps on wearable devices like smart watches added to their pay and perks according to polling conducted by Censuswide

by the commentator on 15 February 2017 22:10


British workers are calling for wearable devices like smart watches equipped with healthcare applications according to research from technology giant Ricoh UK. The findings were contained in a newly published report into workplace trends entitled Digital Dexterity: Denied which polled 2,000 workers in UK companies.

46 per cent of British workers told pollsters they would like to have wearable devices equipped with health apps added to their employee package.

37 per cent of workers said they would move jobs to a company which offered better digital skills in the workplace. A modest 18 per cent of respondents rated their skills as ‘excellent’ whilst 51 per cent said ‘good’ and 30 per cent considered themselves ‘average.’

Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh UK said, “Mastering digital dexterity is critical for career building and workers are looking to employers to do the heavy lifting and ensure opportunities for skills training are in place.”

The research also found that social media and collaboration tools are set to play a more critical role in future working environments.

Moloney continued, “The failed ‘one size fits all’ working culture of the past must be scrapped in favour of tech-enabled workstyles that allow individuals to collaborate and reach their full potential.”

Only 15 per cent of UK office workers said they considered the current use of tech by their company as excellent.

44 per cent of UK office workers believe that social media and workplace collaboration technologies will help improve employee working relationships in the office.

Nearly half (46 per cent) of UK office workers said that Facebook was banned in their workplace.

This was followed by Twitter at 34 per cent and Instagram at 31 per cent.

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