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13 Workplace Wellness Apps to Try

30 November 2021


After more than a year of pandemic restrictions research all over the world is indicating that employees who were previously office based are struggling with their wellbeing. Prior to the Covid-19 emergency, mental health was already the most common reason for long term absence from the UK workplace. 

The restrictions on day-to-day life during the pandemic appear to have only exacerbated these problems for many employees. Research by a UK based mental health charity showed that more than half of adults reported their mental health deteriorated during lockdown. More than 21% of British adults experienced some form of depression in early 2021. This is a significant increase on the 10% who experienced depression the previous year. 


So, it is not surprising that workplace wellness was very much an area of focus for international businesses. Just under half of HR leaders said that wellbeing was going to be a primary area of investment for 2021


It is easy for employers to forget the potential support that exists in our smartphones. Unsurprisingly, many mental health apps saw a surge in downloads when the Covid-19 emergency began. Mindfulness app ‘Headspace’ saw a 20% increase in downloads in March 2020 and its stress meditation was used five and a half times more in 6 months from March 2020 compared to the year before.  


If your business is looking for a personalised way to help employees manage their own workplace wellness, particularly amongst a dispersed workforce, a corporate membership to a wellbeing app could be a great solution. 


But with so many apps on the market, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. We’ve found 20 workplace wellness apps that could help your employees manage the different areas of our life that feed into our wellbeing: 

Since it’s launch in 2012 as a mindfulness app, Headspace has been downloaded millions of times by users around the world. It was downloaded 3.34 million times in the first quarter of 2021 alone. Headspace is a holistic app providing meditations and exercises for stress, focus and sleep. Enterprise solutions allow you to easily manage and see the impact the app is having across your organisation's wellbeing
Is an online counselling service. It pairs clients with experienced therapists to offer support with any issues they may be struggling with. Studies are showing that online counselling can be as effective as in person. The benefits for employees, particularly those working overseas, is that it is convenient and they can message with their therapist at a time that works for them. 
Recommended for use by Britain’s NHS Digital, the feeling good app helps employees feel better about themselves and the world around them using Olympic sports psychology. By following the positive mental health programmes, users can build better self-esteem and self-confidence.
Wysa is an award winning mental health chat bot that uses cognitive behavioural techniques to offer practical ways to overcome difficulties that may impact workplace wellness. Wysa has been used successfully by a range of industries including healthcare during the pandemic to offer a moment of peace amongst unrelenting madness. We think it helps that the bot is a cute penguin too!
Physical movement plays an important part in how we feel. If your company are looking for a way to encourage your employees to move more there are many apps that can help:
If you were working in Britain or Europe during the pandemic, you are likely to know the Body Coach. His daily ‘PE with Joe’ went viral and got people in lockdown all over the world moving every day through his YouTube channel. The app provides you with access to exclusive workouts from Joe each week in addition to personalised meal plans and a tracker so your employees get the most out of using the app. Available in Europe at the moment, there are plans to expand availability in 2022.
Introduce some healthy competition into your workplace wellness with Sidekick. It allows employees to compete with colleagues on activity challenges no matter what wearable device they have. For additional engagement Stridekick offers a variety of challenges to keep things exciting. This could be a leader board where the person with the most steps is the champ or a target where a group of employees could walk the distance between two of your international offices. No matter which option you go for, everyone is likely to feel better getting their bodies moving.
Provides businesses with access to their adaptive coaching tolls and interactive content using the leading wearables. The app offers a full library of audio and video content from strength training to rehab. Pear aims to improve workplace wellness through in your ear coaching and curated content to help everyone boost their fitness no matter what activity they enjoy doing.
Encourage your colleagues to achieve their travel dreams virtually using this fun app. It could be to cycle a stage of the Tour de France, walk the length of the Nile or hike the same distance as Everest without the altitude then my virtual mission could be the perfect way to motivate employees in your business to get moving. Colleagues can work together, track progress and motivate each other.   
It has been around a long time but that has enabled it to collect a whole lot of information on different foods making it a great calorie counter. The database contains over 11 million foods from around the world meaning no matter what you like to eat, you should be able to find it in MyFitnessPal. If you can’t, no problem, adding new food is easy too. 
Noom can help your employees track what they eat and their wider wellbeing in a personalised way. It can help avoid the chronic and pre-chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease that prevent your employees being the best version of themselves at work and at home. More than half of Noom users lose 5% of their body weight and more than half keep it off.
Good sleep is essential to our overall well-being. If employees are not getting enough sleep, struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep, chances are it is impacting their working day. 
Many people find taking a power nap of less than 30minutes a great way to refocus and make the most out of the latter half of the day. The Power Nap app helps users drop off and wake up gently soon after, so you don’t feel groggy. 
A great app for people who find it difficult to switch off at the end of the day. Pzizz is a sleep app that uses music and sound effects to help you relax. The Pzizz algorithm ensures you are listening to a different soundtrack each time but the sounds are similar enough that your brain associates them with sleep. 

Sleep cycle tracks your sleep by listening to your sounds. It analyses your sounds against machine learning algorithms to understand your sleep and things you can do to maintain or improve it.


No matter what area of wellbeing your employees are struggling with, there is a corporate app that can help in a cost-effective way. 

If some of your employees work remotely, check in with your international health insurance provider. Some offer expat assistance programmes providing members with access to digital counselling, a great way to support workplace wellbeing.