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Businesses are well aware of the benefits technology can bring to a company, whether that’s through the latest computer software, or online programmes which allow you to streamline internal processes.
But are you aware of the benefits technology can have on employee wellbeing? Whether the company is already running a wellbeing program, or is looking to introduce one into the business, advancements in technology can help aid employee wellbeing.
In this guide, we will be detailing a few ways on how the mental and physical health of staff can be assisted and improved through the use of technology.
A lack of organisation can contribute to stress in any workplace and if approaching deadlines start to become unmanageable and if tasks are being missed or delayed, it can be extremely difficult to stay on top of work and deliver it to the best of your ability.
To reduce workplace stress and help create a supportive atmosphere in an organisation, it’s an intelligent idea to implement technology which can help manage staff workload. Collating all outstanding and upcoming work in an online management system will allow each member of the team to access a quick overview of their responsibilities.
Some software can be set up to send reminders and updates on tasks, which will help to eliminate unnecessary pressure in any work environment and improve employee wellbeing.
Technological improvements in the workplace don’t just apply to managing business tasks. You can also bolster your wellbeing program through the introduction of apps.
Encouraging employees to install fitness apps means that exercise can be used as a team building activity as well as a way to improve physical and mental health.
For example, using apps which track running distance and time can contribute to building relationships at work, by encouraging team members to compare and improve each other’s performances.
These apps can also provide tips on staying healthy, cooking and improving your sleeping habits.
Employees can also use podcasts to improve their health and wellbeing. There has been a recent surge in popularity surrounding meditation and mindfulness apps which coach people through improving their mental wellbeing.
You could consider a group subscription to one of these apps and encourage employees to take 10 minutes out of their lunch break to practice mindfulness in the office.
Another great way to encourage building relationships at work is to create a social calendar for all employees.
Choose a member of staff to take charge of the social calendar and incorporate technology such as diary management programmes. This way, you can send out reminders and notices to improve socialisation within the workplace.
A wellbeing program calendar can be edited and managed through this technology, ensuring that no team member misses out on the latest team building activity or wellbeing workshop.
One of the most successful pieces of wellbeing technology is online support. For example, introducing a professional service such as our Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and using our Health e-hub provides employees with direct, online access to physical and mental health support through online videos, webinars and planners.
EAP’s have been designed to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being.
The introduction of wellbeing technology means that your staff will feel fully supported in terms of their mental and physical health, thus resulting in employers benefitting from improved productivity, staff retention and an enhanced working atmosphere.
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