In the digital world, it would seem that technology can improve pretty much anything. And when it comes to wellbeing solutions, this is no different. From implementing wellbeing programs to tracking health insights, there are many way technology can play a part.
Technology has become a part of everyday life as well as making its way into the workplace. So, how can you use technology to improve employee wellbeing in your business? Here are four ways to start.
Of course, wearable technology is not new. Fitness trackers and health apps are popular amongst many people to set and track their own fitness goals, with Statista.com reporting 6.59 million people users of wearable tech in the UK. However, did you know these devices can be integrated with your wellbeing solutions?
By offering and integrating wearable technology into your employee wellbeing programs, you have the opportunity to set wellbeing challenges for your staff, such as moving away from their desks. They can also recognise any physical signs of stress, helping to monitor and manage mental health, as well as tracking sleep cycles. For businesses, this presents a great opportunity to offer staff wearable technology in order to engage their employees with wellbeing initiatives.
If you aren’t already offering your employees flexible working, then it’s time to start. Whether you offer flexible working hours, remote working or anything in between, flexible working improves employee wellbeing by enhancing work/life balance and increasing employee morale. Technology allows your employees to work wherever, whenever, having a positive impact on wellbeing.
Technology can help you to facilitate flexible working, so both you and your employees get the most out of it. For example, offering smartphones to your employees allows them to work on the go, allowing them to take and receive calls as well as respond to emails. With cloud technology, your employees can stay connected, accessing work documents whilst being away from the office.
Privacy for employees
For some members of staff, they may feel uncomfortable with or feel their privacy is being invaded if they want to access support for their wellbeing. For example, if an employee has to ask the HR department for access to counselling it can deter people from engaging with their wellbeing if they feel everyone will be aware of or know about the problems they’re facing.
However, with technology, wellbeing solutions can be developed that allow for discretion and confidentiality. Through apps, employees can access wellbeing services and get the support they need without having to compromise on their privacy. Health and wellbeing can be a sensitive subject, so having the right technology in place to make your employees feel comfortable is important when it comes to improving wellbeing.
One of the main benefits to technology is how much it can simplify processes and make things a lot easier to use. When it comes to wellbeing, implementing your wellbeing solution with an app is a great way to engage your employees because of its simplicity.
The right app analyse any health data to make your wellbeing program more personalised. For example, Employee wellbeing solutions from LifeWorks provide a unified total wellbeing solution via their app that gives individuals tailored wellbeing advice, as well as provides insight into wellbeing trends, helping you to improve your HR programs.