August 5th 2022
Business owners and industry leaders are becoming increasingly aware of how their employee’s wellbeing and mental health can impact their business. There are a multitude of ways in which you as a business owner, no matter the size of your payroll, can take into account how your workers are doing physically and mentally both in and out of the workplace.
Today, we’re going to suggest to you some apps which your employees can use to help them cope with the stresses of everyday working life. As a manager, it’s your duty to understand that they are people first, so let’s take a look at some great wellness apps!
The Importance of Wellness in the Workplace
With wellness and mental health taking more of a front row seat in social discussions in recent years, it’s very important for you to understand that if your employees aren’t happy, they’ll be producing subpar work. Poor mental health can massively affect the productivity and willingness to contribute within a workforce, as well as overall team morale.
So, how can apps help with this? Well, in short, they can give reassurances, reminders and non-human emotional support to those who use them.
Let’s dive right in and see what fantastic wellness apps are out there for your employees to download and get using today.
This app can help your employees to pay more attention to how their mind processes stress. Within it, there are hundreds of sessions that can guide them through mindful meditation and positive inner reflection. With a particular focus on getting good sleep, homing in your focus and lowering anxiety, these short sessions can really help to bring out the best in your employees attitudes to both their work and personal lives. There are even short 10-minute sessions that can really help boost their attention and alertness in the long term.
Headspace boasts an impressive number of members, at over 70 million in 190 countries across the globe. Numbers never lie, so you should really be getting your employees onto Headspace today.
Calm is a big competitor to Headspace, in the fact that they offer similar services, but portrayed in different ways. It gives users the ability to be read stories to help them sleep, but those stories are read by celebrity voices – which is an interesting, and possibly very effective approach.
Calm offers guided meditations, as well as soundtracks containing white noise to help you zone out and get a restful night’s sleep.
Good sleep is the foundation of a productive day, so suggesting this app to your employees will aid them in coming to work rested and ready to face the day.
Exhale prides itself on being an emotional wellbeing app specifically for black, indigenous women of colour (BIWOC). With content developed by BIWOC, and for BIWOC, it contains coaching talks, guided breath work and meditations for those looking for help with coping with everyday stresses.
It’s founder Katara McCarty explains that the app was “born out of the idea that the Black and Brown community is holding its breath, waiting for the next video of police brutality, the next micro-aggression, or the next negative health impact statistic”, and these are incredibly important social issues that everyone should be aware of.
So, try suggesting Exhale to your BIWOC employees today to help them breathe out the bad, and breathe in the good energies of the world.
MindBody is our entry on this list that puts more of a focus on fitness, as well as overall wellness. The app has an online booking service that can allow your employees to dive into classes that will help them both physically and mentally.
Classes can range from Vinyasa Yoga, Barbell workouts and Barre classes, as well as more intense workouts such as HIIT (High Impact Intensity Training) classes. Dance classes, Pilates, and Circuit Training too – this app has a wide range of great and affordable classes that can really help your employees get their physical health in order, all while being compatible with a FitBit for easy exercise tracking as they go!
Moving away from the physical fitness side of things and back to mental wellness and organisation, Flipd offers its users the ability to be locked out of certain apps on their phone that may be causing unnecessary stress or consuming too much of their time. It encourages users to finish important tasks or focus on other things by removing distractions, which helps to boost productivity.
You are also able to track time within the app, letting you understand where you could be better using that time for more fruitful endeavours. You can tag activities and join live study rooms to boost motivation as well as track breaks over periods of time.
All in all, this app could really help your employees use their time better during a workday, helping them to organise their tasks in an easily accessible and supported manner, all while removing those little distractions that can derail them.
WOOP is a very interesting concept. This app guides users through four stages of a ‘WOOP’ – Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan – giving them insight and guidance on how they can achieve their set goals. Using a science-based approach, the simple app interface encourages users to take mindful jumps towards their aspirations, while planning properly and utilising simple steps to avoid negative outcomes and problems encountered along the way.
Your employees would gain a lot from using this app during their time on big projects or when workload is high, as it pushes them to always think and plan the outcomes of any work they are currently undertaking.
Insight Timer is our first app that is more geared towards meditation only. The app contains thousands of guided meditation sessions, many of which are led by great teachers from across the world, and some famous faces too.
It’s approach makes it very accessible to those newer to meditation and gives users many differing styles of meditation to choose from. There are sessions which only play music, talks which help to boost confidence and deep and quiet meditations for a restful night’s sleep.
Your employees could really benefit from many of the features of this app to help centre them in waking life and allow them to take a deep breath before conquering the day.
We’re going to round out todays list with a very simple and effective app that can help overall health. Waterminder helps you to track your daily water intake, and it’s as simple as it sounds. Many of us forget to drink adequate amounts of water during the workday, and this handy little app is a great way to force habits that will pay dividends in the long run.
It can also connect to Apple Watches for easy water intake logging during the day, and also shows a ‘completion ring’ which shows how far you still need to go. As Waterminder would say – HYDRATE TODAY!
In today’s fast paced working world, it’s easy to get caught up in bad habits that can negatively affect one’s wellbeing. We hope this handy list of wellness apps has given you enough options you can suggest to your employees to help them rid the anxieties and stresses of working life.
You should be looking for more ways to help your employees by creating a positive office atmosphere or looking for suggestions on how to create a better work life balance for them too. Don’t worry, here at Click offices, we’ve got you covered. Head over to our blog today, to find more great articles.