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: