Wearable trackers are everywhere. At this moment, millions of people are monitoring their steps, water intake and breathing patterns. We’ll discuss some of the most common reasons for why data is measured so frequently and how it relates to the human resources industry.
1. We want to learn more about ourselves.
There seems to be a natural curiosity to see whether our perceptions actually match up with reality. We may think we walk a lot on a daily basis (parking the car further from the entrance should be enough, right?). But we generally won’t know unless we have hard data to prove it. The self check-ins, provided by wearables and phone apps, allow us to become more aware of our behaviors. We can then determine whether our current efforts are enough, or if we need to step up our game.
2. Goal setting is important to us.
Once we find the data we need, we will most likely want to set goals. Not only because we now know that we are below average but the technology actually forces us to do so. One of the most popular methods for goal setting is the SMART system. This works particularly well with the tracking devices, as it calls for very specific details. There are also many other approaches that are just as effective but it depends on what our personal preferences are. The important thing to remember is that setting smaller milestones will usually allow us to achieve more.
3. We strive for personal development.
There may be days when it is difficult to get up early or we are just sick of gulping down another glass of water. But there is something that tells us to keep going. Having positive feedback from our tracker apps and friends (some are designed to include social sharing), definitely helps with the process. However, we are also naturally drawn to personal development. This gives us the ability to want to become better at what we do and surpass our own goals.
HR data can also apply to the above concepts. Real-time tracking for the workplace is just as important as personal measurement, as it shows information about a company’s health and status. Finding the right data to measure is half the battle – it is highly dependent on our end goals. Although we may collect a number of different metrics, the information is not useful unless it creates meaning for our current business needs. Also, how we choose to use the analytics can make a huge impact on future behaviors.
About the Author
Nana Dooreck, founder of Rubicore, has worked to improve people management through recruitment, learning and development and performance feedback. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.Tags: data tracking, employee data, real-time data