Fitness tracking devices like Fitbit and the new Apple Watch could very well become part and parcel of workplace wear, if employers get their way.
Thousands of employers around the nation are reportedly mulling mandates for employees to wear the devices by 2018 as part of workplace wellness incentive programs and as a means of combating rising health-care costs, MarketWatch reported.
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"Tracker information will become part of your health record," said Nancy Green, a health-care official with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "[Employers] have a very large vested interest to make sure you're healthy."
Plenty of companies already offer wellness programs that entice employees to lose weight or quit smoking. The fitness tracking, however, is a new level of employer oversight of employee health – and some critics call it overkill. But companies, concerned about rising health-care costs, in part from Obamacare mandates, say they have to get creative.
"It's an advantage to make employees as productive as possible," said Malay Gandhi, managing director of health-focused venture-capital firm Rock Health, in MarketWatch.