I was just doing some research on wearables and the fitness market for IoT devices and came across this employee fitness tracking service offered by Endomondo. Endomondo are one of the original fitness tracking apps and, based on my use of it over several years, it works well. Their employee fitness service basically allows employers to offer their employees access to the premium level. According to the company,
Employee Fitness lets you create a program which motivates your staff to get fit and feel engaged with your company whenever they work out.
This seems like a good way to encourage exercise amongst team members and perhaps improve staff fitness and morale. However, it was this bit which caught my eye,
Your company page will come equipped with an extensive statistics module which enables you to view how active your team is, as well as to analyze their engagement levels on specific challenges.
The screen grab from their website illustrates how this might work in practice.
It is not clear whether the employer has access to individual employee-level data about exercise levels but, as the employees will each have individual accounts within the corporate account, that data will be captured.
Some of the privacy aspects of this are obvious. Do we want to reveal to our bosses and colleagues how much we exercise? Could our exercise regimes be tied into our remuneration? Is there peer pressure to join the scheme? Do we want this aspect of our personal life being tied into our work environment?
As the Internet of Things reaches further into our work and personal lives over the coming years these, and similar, questions will come to the fore.