With the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been less of a need for in-person services and a bigger need for technology to fill those gaps. In 2021 and beyond, technology can help improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace for employees and employers alike. And with many organizations adopting remote work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing pressure for organizations and employees to adopt technology to collaborate, communicate, and work from a distance.
Employee health and well-being should always be a priority, but the effects of the pandemic have made it even more necessary. Due to the pandemic’s negative impact on employee mental health, employers should leverage technology to provide the support that employees need. Digital tools, such as apps, videos, and webinars, can help mitigate employee stress, anxiety, and burnout. Due to the increased sense of privacy and personalized services, online access to virtual mental health support can help reduce the stigma of reaching out for counseling services. Improved employee mental well-being can result in a more engaged and productive workforce.
Additionally, consider how apps, gamification, and wearables (technology that monitors breathing, movement, and exercise) can be incorporated into company-sponsored wellness programs. Apps and gamification of wellness programs, although online, still allow for great team building and friendly competition. Employees can participate from anywhere and socialize with other employees to gain sustained support and encouragement to continue healthy habits. This is particularly important if employees are working remotely, so you can ensure they are taking care of themselves, eating healthy, and staying physically active. This promotes a culture of inclusivity and engagement within the workforce.
Finally, rather than manual data collection and program management, tech-enabled wellness portals can help ease use for both employees and administrators. Conversely, employees may want to own, access, and update their information. The important thing to remember is that technology is a great tool to help employees feel empowered to make choices that encourage a healthier lifestyle. Technology opens the door to a wellness program that can be dynamic enough to keep up with the changing needs of employees and the changes in the employment landscape.