The role of technology in accelerating your (employee) wellness programs

In the last few years, technology has become integral to the way we work and the way organisations are run across the world. Technology has played a pivotal role in understanding the needs of employees, increasing efficiency, reducing their workload and boosting creativity. Many digital platforms mushrooming across the corporate sector, especially after the pandemic has restructured the way landscape of employee wellness programs. Many companies are now rapidly adopting technological tools in order to offer the best and most holistic wellness programs to employees. These include online as well as offline activities for the betterment of employees.

An appropriate and inclusive wellness program can help boost the productivity of employees, build flexibility, and improve their physical, mental and emotional health making them happy at their jobs and therefore, keep their loyalty.

Providing employee wellness is a tricky process as employee needs are subjective. Employee wellness is difficult to track and measure due to the human emotion aspect of it. This is where technology can be used as an effective tool to monitor, measure and deliver accurate data on the well-being of employees. Many digital tools help HR add and remove aspects that are effective and non-effective by studying their efficacy over a period of time. This helps them offer a better and more efficient product to employees.

Employee health reports can be liked with technology to map out their health issues and solutions over a period of time. Tracking devices and mobile apps help monitor individual health and fitness goals. These digital tools can help monitor their physical health, customize exercise and diet regimes according to each employee based on each person’s specific requirements, and even take into consideration any previously existing health issues that might exist. Technology helps maintain employee health data on a daily basis with details like working hours, extra working hours, exercising, eating time, break time, sleep schedules, etc.

Leveraging technology also helps organisations provide better and more well-being services. The mental health of employees has a direct impact on their productivity and loyalty to their organisation. Many digital apps that offer surveys and interesting insights into the emotional needs of employees help understand their mental health over a period of time as well as day-to-day moods while at work. With these tools, organisations can understand the emotional state of each employee concerning their bosses, peers, subordinates, and workload. This is done through happiness meters, surveys, polls of different kinds, and every personality and psychological test. What makes them happy at work, what makes them sad, what aspects are unsatisfactory for them emotionally, what are their anxiety triggers, and what motivates them to do better and love their job – these are pertinent pointers that can be easily understood with digital tools for employee wellness.

Communication in the world of technology and wellness remains a crucial aspect. Many digital tools help organisations create communities where employees can meet regularly and talk about their achievements and motivations. Social platforms on apps aid in employees connecting and sharing their experiences with the wellness offerings; and their professional as well as personal milestones. Organisations can also give away rewards and recognitions to employees on these digital platforms, to motivate them and set examples for others to follow suit. Building employee communities within digital well-being platforms increase transparency at work and help track patterns of employees concerning working methods and even attitudes.

There are many apps now that also offer skill-upgradation through online courses, and online or offline training specialising in a particular sub-branch of the industry. Organisations can use these digital platforms to offer employee upskilling programs that will take them up the ladder in the organisation or perform a task/project to their fullest potential within the organisation. Training platforms also provide access to virtual libraries and reading materials that help employees get upskilled in a particular subject.

The appropriate use of technology and the right industry-specific tools can help improve employee wellness programs tremendously. The need for technologically driven wellness offerings has been seen in many sectors as fruitful and immensely productive to organisations. Employee wellness has been a key concern for organisations and technology is the right solution.



Views expressed above are the author’s own.