The world has been switching on to the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.
Though there are programmes and schemes in place to benefit health and wellbeing of employees, wellbeing applications are that extra step.
Mindfulness apps are a great preventative measure when it comes to mental wellbeing. They’re great for providing help and support to employees, as well as news and techniques on mindfulness.
Recognising the Importance of Wellbeing in the Workplace
Employees spend a lot of their time at work so employers have a duty of care to make sure their staff are taken care of their health and wellbeing.
These are a few wellbeing applications employers could consider introducing to their employees – wellbeing apps for employees, if you will.
Headspace may well be the most recognisable mindfulness application out there.
Not just individuals but corporate companies are customers of Headspace. Companies (including the likes of Google, LinkedIn, and Monzo) offer this mindfulness app to their staff as an employee benefit.
Absolutely everyone can access Headspace’s free plan. You only have to pay if you want premium. Therefore, employees can at least try the app to see if it’s suited to them without having to subscribe beforehand.
Aiming to improve sleep and boost mindfulness, the Calm app includes stories narrated by popular figures that have been listened to over 100 million times. They must be doing something right, right?
Out of all the mindfulness apps available to download, Calm certainly has bragging rights – they have the most subscribers. They don’t just add new content to premium users but to free plans, too. Making customers on free plans feel included is important. It can mean the difference between gaining or losing a potential premium user.
Definitely the cheapest of all the wellbeing apps – Buddhify asks for a one-off payment. And it’s cheap, too. Whether an employer chooses to support the cost or just recommend the application, promoting mindfulness apps in the workplace is a benefit.
You can organise sessions by theme, and even do a session that’s designed for family, friends, or colleagues.
With over 12 million users, Insight Timer is one of the most widely used mindfulness apps on the market.
Once again, there is a free plan along with a premium plan.
Jobs can be stressful, social maintenance can be stressful. So a wellbeing app like Insight Timer, with all its content, is ideal for employees.
Wellspace: Our Wellbeing App
Whilst talking about wellbeing apps, it feels appropriate to promote our own.
Just as with anything, users can become obsessed with the end goal rather than focusing on the small progresses along the way. Wellspace changes that. We celebrate employees’ successes and commitment to health and wellbeing. This is what makes our wellbeing app such a good choice for your employees.
The Wellspace interface is easy to use and intuitive. Our app has 5 key selling points.
Sleep is so incredibly vital to our physical and mental health. When we don’t get enough or have chaotic sleep schedules, it can have an effect on our overall wellbeing.
Wellspace allows users to make a record of their quality of sleep each day. Encouraging this behaviour can allow employees to recognise patterns. If they have the data to analyse – quality and duration of sleep – then they can consider what changes need to be made to improve their sleep.
A well-rested, focused, happy employee is best – any employer would agree with that.
Mental Health Tracker
Similar to tracking sleep, Wellspace encourages users to track their mood throughout the day as well as record their triggers. Employees can then identify patterns retaining to their emotions or stressors in order to make steps to improve their mental resilience.
How about tracking your physical activities? Record the run that you went on at 6 AM this morning or how many steps you climbed to reach your workspace.
Increases in activity levels improve health. That’s been a well-known, scientifically proven fact for years and years. Sleep quality improves, the immune system improves, and mental resilience improves.
Basically, there’s nothing bad about physical activity at all. In fact, it may be one of the best wellbeing boosts out there.
We’ve created a strong community on Wellspace through the use of chat rooms and notice boards. There’s rewards and recognition through points, trophies and benefits that act as encouragement to the employees.
It’s like a digital pat-on-the-back.
One of the last main features of our Wellspace app is its content hub. A multi-purpose space within the app with plenty of resources – blogs, articles, video classes, audio files, courses, podcasts. Anything you need.
It covers a wide range of health and wellbeing related topics: mental health, sleep, yoga, nutrition, recipes, financial wellbeing.
We know just how important wellbeing truly is. And if only one member of your team improves their mindfulness or wellbeing through using an app… Well, isn’t that just reason to continue promoting them?
Not every app works for every person. Maybe it’s down to the content offered, the subscription plans, or something as simple as the design and layout. So employers can’t expect everyone to start using them.
As long as they’re being promoted, and employees are aware of the resources available to them, we think that’s the most important thing. It can be just as relieving to be aware of the support available as it is to receive the support.
Get In Touch: Wellspace
We can offer specialist advice on wellbeing questions – employee health and wellbeing sessions from Wellspace are expert-led, with 3 levels of learning.
Contact us for more information or call us on 0808 178 0748. One of our team experts will be happy to chat with you!