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Wearables At Work: 7 Productivity Apps

Wearables are great, but what good would Google Glass or the Galaxy Gear be without useful apps? Here's a sampling of the latest business apps for wearables.
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ShiftExpert from ClickSoftwareDeath to the punch card! The ShiftExpert app works on wearable devices to let employees clock in and out of shifts and add that data to time sheets. Employees can quickly view their shifts, request to trade a shift, see trade requests from co-workers, manage vacations, and view overtime from a smartwatch. Managers can schedule shift trades, approve vacation and sick time, and track time sheets from the app. Used mainly in shift-based work environments such as warehouses and grocery stores, ShiftExpert can work on any mobile device. But the version developed using the Salesforce Wear platform maximizes the use of smartwatches, including the Galaxy Gear and Moto360.

ShiftExpert from ClickSoftware
Death to the punch card! The ShiftExpert app works on wearable devices to let employees clock in and out of shifts and add that data to time sheets. Employees can quickly view their shifts, request to trade a shift, see trade requests from co-workers, manage vacations, and view overtime from a smartwatch. Managers can schedule shift trades, approve vacation and sick time, and track time sheets from the app. Used mainly in shift-based work environments such as warehouses and grocery stores, ShiftExpert can work on any mobile device. But the version developed using the Salesforce Wear platform maximizes the use of smartwatches, including the Galaxy Gear and Moto360.

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10/21/2014 | 1:18:47 PM
Re: wearables at work have a lot of potential

The convenience is terrific but I also have difficulty reading very small print. Audio capabilities on these wearables would help in that regard, both for receiving information and taking information into the app. I also would guess some employees might be concerned about wearable apps and their privacy in the workplace.

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10/22/2014 | 12:49:30 PM
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It's a great question in Europe wearables have been used for years to assist with productivity in warehouse jobs, they report greater safety and productivity after introducing wearable's. They have also used them for work force management by measuring efficiency of one worker vs., another at the same job. Most likely they will be gaining greater penetration in the US.

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10/22/2014 | 1:05:27 PM
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You can understand why UPS or FedEx, for example, wants to monitor worker movement statistics. But white collar workers being asked to wear trackers is going to cause resentment, if it comes to pass. Productivity and value to a business can be measured in many different ways...
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10/29/2014 | 12:51:09 PM
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I have seen some companies use wearables on white collar workers in the name of increasing productivity and learning the habits of highly effective workers Its hard for it to feel non-intrusive but tis here in many offices there are some companies that imbedding tracking devices in employee id cards and they can be tracked anywhere on the corporate campus.

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10/31/2014 | 11:44:09 PM
Re: wearables at work have a lot of potential
Pedro its great point, but some of the wearbles don't display to the employees their information only the employer.
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