Data is kingIt is vital to compile strong datasets on employee satisfaction and behaviour. Naturally, there is a delicate balancing act to achieve here. You don’t want to be too intrusive, but it is important not to flounder in the dark. Analysing benefits data could enable employers to react faster to health option engagements and usage.
Walk the talkMany businesses are already capturing data in ways that would be impossible a few years ago. Giving employees wearables with built-in sensors to monitor how long they sit, walk, type and talk is a good initiative. The feedback is then crunched via an algorithm that measures “happiness” in real-time. Job search and company review site Glassdoor estimates that 13m wearable fitness and activity tracking devices will be used in workplaces this year. While that doesn't mean bulk buying Fitbits for all, it is worth considering how to deftly integrate smart solutions with existing wellbeing programmes. Boosting overall health levels improves alertness and staves off illness to create a more dynamic work culture.
Make it funAdding a gamification dimension to wellness programmes is a great way to inspire activity and healthy competitiveness. The use of cognitive games and interactive online challenges helps to keep employees mentally sharp, and research has proven that such cerebral activities can improve productivity and alertness in the workplace.
Happiness by designCreating a workplace conducive to productivity is a perennial challenge. Too often, we are crammed into cubicles and forced to work under the glare of harsh strip lighting. Research proves we need breaks from our screens and exposure to nature. Smart tech can help companies devise a comfortable atmosphere that encourages productivity and happiness, including AI-powered lighting that adjusts throughout the day to software ambient moods, alerts to prompt specific fitness activities, or even aromatic systems to stimulate senses.
Speak up!According to Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey, 79 per cent of services and facilities offered to boost employee health have a low “awareness rate”. There are a variety of communicatory options available to ensure existing and future benefits are fully understood, including internal communication initiatives, dedicated Intranet content, messaging apps and social media. The onus is on business leaders to keep their fingers on the pulse of workplace performance and employee health. Technology, if harnessed correctly, can be a real game-changer. Always listen, always adapt. Continually capture and react to data. Disconnected, disillusioned or ailing workforces will only negatively hit the bottom line.
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