Should I Buy Apple Watches for My Field Employees

Posted by David Chism | Mon, Aug 17, 2015

 Should I Buy Apple Watches for My Field Employees
To some of you read­ing this post, you might think this is a no brain­er. Yet, I have been asked the ques­tion, hence the blog post. Note: I am pret­ty cer­tain Apple will be releas­ing the 2nd gen­er­a­tion of the Apple Watch soon­er than we think. So this post might get old real quick. On the oth­er hand, my opin­ion might stay the same even after the next Apple Watch release. I pur­chased an Apple Watch the day of the pre release, which is typ­i­cal for a tech junkie like me. I read lots and lots of arti­cles and sift­ed through count­less videos of blog­gers review­ing the watch and what it could be capa­ble of doing for the con­sumer. Once I got the Watch on my wrist and began the process of learn­ing this new gad­get, I came up with this con­clu­sion: At this point in time, I would not rec­om­mend that you pur­chase Apple Watch­es for your field employ­ees. These are very expen­sive gad­gets that will not, again at this time, increase productivity. IMG_1450 Now, obvi­ous­ly you can use the Apple Watch as a bonus for your crews, an anniver­sary gift or just because you want to be nice, but from a strict busi­ness per­spec­tive, the Apple Watch is not the right tool just yet for the con­tract­ing mar­ket.

What Should You Get Your Field Employees?

I am a huge fan of issu­ing smart­phones to your employ­ees. There are plen­ty of apps out there that can make your team more paper­less and pro­duc­tive. If you are not cur­rent­ly using an Android or Apple prod­uct in the field, I would strong­ly sug­gest look­ing into this for your crews. The devices can be used for a num­ber of things such as time clocks, reminders, check list, pho­tos and videos of the job and project man­age­ment. A more inex­pen­sive approach would be to issue just your project man­agers and crew leader (aka fore­man) Chrome­books. A Chrome­book is a very inex­pen­sive cloud-based com­put­er. It was cre­at­ed by Google a few years ago, and it allows users to use a brows­er for all of their com­put­ing needs. If your busi­ness is using all cloud now, a Chrome­book can real­ly be a great tool as well. Some­times it is eas­i­er com­mu­ni­cat­ing by a machine with a key­board, like the Chrome­book. It is also eas­i­er if your field guys are updat­ing or view­ing sched­ules.

Will The Apple Watch Come Around

I would nev­er put it past Apple to come out with a gad­get that more con­sumers will use on a dai­ly basis, like the Apple Watch. The first gen­er­a­tion is slick and very cool, do not get me wrong here. Yet it is too con­nect­ed to the iPhone right now. One can­not use this device effec­tive­ly with­out hav­ing a phone. So if you choose to give your employee(s) an Apple Watch, you will be required to give them a phone as well. It will not be long before the Apple Watch could very well be a stand­alone device, with no life sup­port from the iPhone. Once this hap­pens, it will also free up Apple Devel­op­ers to real­ly begin the cre­ativ­i­ty of devel­op­ing their apps for the watch. Cur­rent­ly there just is not a lot you can do with the Watch. I have tried hard to use the Watch. Prob­a­bly the best thing about the Watch, in my opin­ion only, is the noti­fi­ca­tions. Yet I am not sure that is worth the $400 – 600 fee for the watch for con­tract­ing employ­ees. Stay tuned. Once we can do job track­ing and use the Watch com­plete­ly hands free, instead of look­ing like Dick Tra­cy when reply­ing to a mes­sage, the Apple Watch could very well become a great com­mu­ni­cat­ing and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty device. As of today, it is just a cool gad­get us geeks like to wear.

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.

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