While there are many smart watches and others wearables that organisations can use to track the healthcare of your organisations, there are also a couple of really easy ways to use tech without laying out thousands of Rands on gadgets.
Here are a couple of my ideas:
- Staff spend an enormous amount of time on social media so work with this trend. Encourage your staff to follow business or health-oriented minds on social media, businesses are able to ensure employees are interacting with useful, productive information and identifying positive role models.
- Have you ever actually asked your staff how healthy they are? The use of online survey tools (EG Survey Monkey) could be used to anonymously identify issues in the workplace of improvements that need to be made to assist the mental wellbeing of employees. This will allow employees to speak up in a way that is beneficial to their mental state in a work environment.
- Businesses could utilise influential online TEDx talks about mental health in the workplace in their meetings – using them as the backdrop for speaking openly and preventing mental health strain caused by the business. These TEDx talks can offer emotional support and inspire during tough times.
- Pre-COVID, businesses used to love bringing in motivational speakers but how many of them actually dealt with things like diets, health and movement? Once a month, employers can hold a webinar with a professional via ZOOM or Skype in order to raise awareness and can provide a platform to share ideas.
- Not all your staff are going to buy into physical activity but if your staff have a bit competitive streak they could use their phones, fit bits or Smart Watch to track things like steps, screen activity and movement and log them on a leaderboard. Employees could be set challenges to show meaningful improvement.
- Using technology as a way of raising awareness and educating employees on practices that promote mental health (Instagram, Twitter, blogs, YouTube channel). By encouraging employees to interact with meaningful, healthy ideas of mental health, they are able to gain awareness on the topic.
- Task management tools to help employees manage their time and deadlines as well as communicate and work better alongside their co-workers – minimise pressure to ensure better mental health and less stress. (Trello, ASANA and Google docs)
- Look at holding mindfulness or meditation courses via webinars or pre-recorded sessions. These could be streamed at home later on for employees to utilise in their own time (Great examples of this can be seen on Alo moves and Gaia).
- Use mentorship tools and education to provide a platform for employees and business owners to feel secure, supported and understood (a good example of this is Score) where business owners and employees can be paired up with mentors or other employees who may be able to guide them
- Rethink your social media – it’s not just about pushing out marketing messages and sales but creating a company culture. Businesses could create a YouTube channel that workers can utilise to present their ideas and views of mental health or their various business ideas in order to discuss important issues and run weekly check ins.