This IDC Survey examines the usage of wearables within the workplace in the United States. Earlier this year, IDC surveyed 500 IT buyers in our U.S. Commercial Mobile Device Survey. Of the 367 participants who identified themselves as having deployed wearables, we inquired further on about the following:
- What were the biggest factors in deciding which wearables to get?
- What were the biggest obstacles they faced when deploying wearables in their organization?
- What were the biggest roadblocks to wearables adoption at their company?
"As wearables gain salience within the workplace, companies must carefully plan ahead not only what devices they will get but how the devices will be used," says Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC's Wearables team. "In our survey, participants cited durability as the biggest factor when selecting a wearable device and that lack of a clear use case was the biggest roadblock to wearables adoption. Meanwhile, the biggest obstacles to deployment were employee incentivization and training employees on how to use their device. For OEMs, the focus should not simply be on order fulfillment, but they should have a more consultative approach matching user needs with wearable capabilities and functionalities."