1 min read

Experiment Shows Wearables Accurately Evaluate Employee Performance

Luana PASCU

June 27, 2019

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
Experiment Shows Wearables Accurately Evaluate Employee Performance

A professor of computer science at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College has developed a mobile-sensing system to help employers better measure employee performance. Prof. Andrew Campbell says he can use fitness trackers, smartphones to objectively and accurately distinguish high performers from low performers.

A custom application Campbell designed, called PhoneAgent, communicates with a fitness tracker via Bluetooth. The data collected is sent to a cloud-based server and analyzed by machine-learning algorithms.

“Passive sensors, which are the heart of the mobile sensing system used in this research, promise to replace the surveys that have long been the primary source of data to identify key correlates of high and low performers,” says Pino Audia a professor of management and organizations at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

The application uses the sensors in the smartphone to track people’s behavior, location, light levels, physical activity and phone use. The fitness bracelet collects information on heart functions, sleep, stress, weight and number of calories burned. Campbell’s study found that employees who perform better spend less time on the phone, have longer deep sleep episodes and are highly active.

“This is a radically new approach to evaluating workplace performance using passive sensing data from phones and wearables,” says Prof. Campbell. “Mobile sensing and machine learning might be the key to unlocking the best from every employee.”

“The passive monitoring system is meant to be empowering,” he explains. “This approach could certainly benefit companies, but can also be helpful to individual employees who are looking to boost their performance.”

750 people in the US participated in the one-year study. The results were 80 percent accurate, according to the press release.

Smartphones, fitness bracelets and a custom app form a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance. Illustration courtesy: Shayan Mirjafari.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

What is medical identity theft and how to protect against it

What is medical identity theft and how to protect against it

July 27, 2022

2 min read
Curious about Omegle? Here’s how the roulette-style chat platform can threaten your online privacy and security

Curious about Omegle? Here’s how the roulette-style chat platform can threaten your online privacy and security

July 07, 2022

5 min read
Identifying and Dealing with Online Bullying Is Not Impossible - School Presentation Inside

Identifying and Dealing with Online Bullying Is Not Impossible - School Presentation Inside

June 28, 2022

2 min read
Let’s Celebrate World Social Media Day by Improving Your Privacy and Security Online

Let’s Celebrate World Social Media Day by Improving Your Privacy and Security Online

June 28, 2022

3 min read
Bitdefender Reveals the Top Cyber Threats Faced by Consumers in 2021

Bitdefender Reveals the Top Cyber Threats Faced by Consumers in 2021

June 22, 2022

1 min read
Scam alert: Cybercrooks use shady investment domain to scam keen investors out of money and data

Scam alert: Cybercrooks use shady investment domain to scam keen investors out of money and data

May 24, 2022

3 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Chinese criminals scam kids desperate to play games for more than three hours a week Chinese criminals scam kids desperate to play games for more than three hours a week
Graham CLULEY

August 12, 2022

2 min read
Sophisticated Smishing Attack on Twilio Leads to Employee Credential Leak and Data Breach Sophisticated Smishing Attack on Twilio Leads to Employee Credential Leak and Data Breach
Silviu STAHIE

August 09, 2022

1 min read
Attackers Hit German Chambers of Industry and Commerce; All Digital Services Down Attackers Hit German Chambers of Industry and Commerce; All Digital Services Down
Silviu STAHIE

August 05, 2022

1 min read