Maintaining employee well-being is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses as much of the corporate world shifts to a work-from-home model. Technology integration into well-being plans could be the key, with tech leaders playing a vital role in driving acceptance of such solutions.
A rising number of businesses are looking into technological solutions as part of a comprehensive enterprise-wide strategy to improve employee well-being, to boost individual performance, resilience, mental and physical health, and job satisfaction.
Well-designed well-being initiatives can operate in tandem with diversity and inclusion policies to improve each employee’s sense of belonging and understanding, resulting in improved organizational performance.
How to Integrate Technology and Overall Wellbeing of Employees
Technology and industry are intricately linked today, necessitating the involvement of technology leaders in enabling organizational resilience and performance, including how people and robots collaborate to complete tasks.
There’s a growing need for tech leaders to work together with HR, well-being, and business leaders to design and implement a holistic strategy that incorporates well-being into cultural norms, workflows and processes, and technology decisions to ensure that the enterprise remains distinctly humanistic.
Here are some ways in which technology can be integrated at the workplace to improve the well-being of your employees:
Creating a Healthy Workspace Using Smart Apps
There are tight deadlines, demanding customers, and heavy workloads in every industry. So it’s no surprise that so many employees are feeling stressed. But for a long time, we neglected that technology can be used to reduce that stress.
The term “mHealth” refers to the role that cellphones and other wireless devices can play in assisting with medical care. According to a recent survey conducted by Research2Guidance, there are already over 250,000 mHealth smartphone apps available. You just have to pick and introduce the right ones to maintain a healthy workspace.
Supporting Remote Work Culture
Even the people who hated the idea of working from home have had to come around the whole idea courtesy of the pandemic. So now, it seems highly unlikely that the employees would be willing to give up on such a lifestyle even post the pandemic.
Employers must understand and support the remote work culture as it is here to stay. What’s more, multiple studies have shown improved productivity of employees while working from home.
Establishing Wellness Portals
Create portals to learn about your employees’ health. After all, they are the real treasures of your company. In addition, accumulating data would help you design strategies to help those employees who are distressed or need support.
Incorporating Ergonomics in the Workplace
An ergonomics improvement procedure in the workplace eliminates risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries, allowing for increased human performance and production. You are removing impediments to optimal safe work performance by improving the work process.
Gaining Valuable Insights from Wearables
Wearables make it simple to take modest measures that add up to a big difference over time. For example, you may have heard that sitting is the new smoking. Sitting for an extended period can increase your risk of getting chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes.
Employees in particular workplaces, such as offices, can become so interested in their work that they are willing to sit for hours on end.
Wearables can aid in this situation. Employees in sedentary jobs can get subtle reminders to stand up and move once each hour. They don’t have to stand for long periods or move around much. However, over time, these tiny efforts will significantly impact their overall health and happiness.
Organizations that aspire to establish a truly inclusive society where everyone may fulfill their full potential and live as their authentic self must prioritize well-being.
Technology leaders are ideally positioned to guide and catalyst in harnessing technology to actively promote organizational well-being, rather than detract from it, as business and technology become increasingly linked.