The relationship between technology and wellbeing is one being widely discussed in the media at the moment.
Long working hours and a rise of poor mental health marks a clear need for improved wellbeing strategies in the workplace, not just to tackle existing issues but to help lower these figures too. Last year the UK lost an estimated 12.5 million working days to poor mental health, there is a necessity to help both companies and employees improve wellbeing.
More and more companies rely on the frequent use of technology in the workplace and there are many ways in which technology can actually help to reduce work stress, improving overall wellbeing during work hours. Here are some of the best stress-reducing solutions available today:
Smart tools to prevent and monitor stress
1. Platforms, trackers and workforce monitoring tools:
These tools can be used to focus on stress prevention and support. Devices and platforms can deliver tailored plans, offer coaching and support to staff, and can even enable integration of wider benefits. For example, an employee’s financial and pension information, as well as other sophisticated data analysis, can allow employers to schedule and track their wellbeing-related activities and plan to improve them where needed.
2. Wearable technology means real-time feedback:
Companies such as Network Rail have already developed technology that enables it to monitor its people in real time. Professor Cary Cooper, wellbeing expert, sees real-time monitoring technologies playing a key role in the future of workplace health: “Smartphone and wearable tech can already enable staff and employers to capture and manage data on how people perceive their working environment and let them give feedback in real time – without the employee having to do anything.”
3. Apps to help productivity and manage stress:
Some popular work and productivity-related apps include Headspace, which helps improve focus and concentration, and Focus Booster, which breaks down work into intervals separated by short breaks. There are also numerous stress management apps, including Worry Watch, which lets you write down what is bothering you, track whether or not the outcome was as bad as you originally thought and then assess trends and patterns in your anxiety.
This kind of technology can help users gain a better insight into what areas cause them the most stress during the workday, can help them to feel better organised and can remind them when to switch off too.
Much of this technology is deigned to be as beneficial for the companies as it is for the employees, helping to improve wellbeing, absence figures and everyones’ future.
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