Watch Ben Waber’s presentation at the Google re:Work conference.

Dr. Ben Waber, President and CEO of Humanyze – part of Sociometric Solutions – showed how his company’s wearable ID badges gather data on employee interactions, which can then be used to map internal networks and predict performance. The badges collect data constantly about employees’ real-world interactions with colleagues and how employees spend their time. Waber’s team uses this data to better understand how organizations operate and what behaviors positively influence employee performance and organizational success. Their research has shown how the physical layout of an office can help or hinder the sharing of information, which can impact millions of dollars in sales. “It demonstrates the results you can get when you use real data about how people actually work to change how a company operates,” Waber said.