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Should HR Encourage Installation of Wellbeing Apps on Employee Devices?

April 20, 2017

How do you know that your employees are healthy and happy at work? How can you expect them to give their best performance, when you have no idea about their wellbeing? According to Gallup poll, wellbeing is a major factor that influences employee performance. Given this finding, no wonder that employee wellbeing issue is widely emphasised among today’s HR leaders.

Despite many employers recognising the impact of employee well being for the business’ bottom line, not many efforts are actually made to promote healthy habits and work-life balance. Based on a poll conducted by Investors in People, over half (54 percent) of full-time employees feel their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing.

The study finds that as long as the employees get the job done, most employers don’t see the importance of investing in a wellbeing program. Keeping your employees healthy and happy might cost a great deal of time and money.

Nevertheless, these investments will be paid off when you find that, it lowers sick-related absenteeism, increases employee productivity, boosts morale, and improves high performance. Initiating a wellbeing program is proven not only good for the employees, but it is also good for the business as well.

Owing to this reason, smart companies are starting to focus on fostering and educating employees to lead a healthy lifestyle. One of the best (and maybe easiest) way to promote wellbeing for your employees is through mobile apps. With the growing mobile culture, installing wellbeing apps on your employee devices can be a great alternative to take steps toward healthier workplace.

Since there are copious wellbeing apps available on the store, your homework is to find the best apps that fit your company’s wellness program. By pairing your own employee wellbeing strategy with the right wellbeing apps, you can grow employee participation, while creating better work environment.

Before encouraging your employees to set up wellbeing apps on their smartphones or tablets, you have to make sure that they understand the objectives. When you integrate the apps with company system, you might have to deal with privacy issues. Therefore, before accessing personal and sensitive information stored in employee’s data account, you have to ensure that you gain legal permission to do that.

See: Fostering a Healthier Gig Economy: In Conversation with Rebecca Chiu, CEO, MyWork Global

If you need some help to find the best wellbeing apps for your employees, here are top five apps to achieve your health goals:

  1.      Keas
  2.      Jiff
  3.      Meditation Studio
  4.      Limeade
  5.      Power Nap App

The new technology is here, and it has made attempts for living healthier and easier. When smartphone apps tell how much calories are in your breakfast, tracked by stylish wristband that records your daily activity and sleeping patterns, thus technology has been an agent of vigorous lifestyle.

Following the trend, it is time for you to encourage your employees to install wellbeing apps on their devices. When integrated with your system, such tools will make it easier for employers to manage and keep track of the employee’s mental and physical health on the go.

Read also: Technology Should Help Companies Worry Less about Workplace Safety and Health of Employees

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