Using technology to support mental health in the workplace
It is fair to say that there is a continuing growing interest in evaluating and monitoring the mental health of employees. Something that was revealed in a one-year-on report following the launch of the Time to Change initiative. Spearheaded by BITC, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
It is reported that an estimated 1 in 6 people have experienced a mental health problem in the last week alone. Tackling the issue of mental health remains a national priority. A report by UK chief medical officer Sally Davies; found 70 million working days are lost each year due to stress, depression and other mental health conditions. This costs the UK economy between £70 and £100 billion a year.
Active Digital are aware of the demands and stresses placed on employees. We are determined to catch mental health issues as early as possible among our workforce. To do so, we created our own iOS app, ILG One. Which enables us to track employees’ moods and wellbeing on a weekly basis.
Managing Director, Richard Groves says:
“A more formal way to keep track of employees’ mental health is through assessment. Capturing results through our app and comparing against previous scores is a useful way identify any changes. It is not always easy to notice changes in behaviour or performance but we work hard to monitor changes. This can become a signal that they need support. So someone who is usually quite measured becoming irritable, or turning up late just because they have struggled to get out of bed, which can be associated with depression.”
At Active Digital, we use technology, created by us to help our people have open conversations and ensure they have the support they need. In recent weeks, several members of our Active Digital and ILG Business management teams have attended a Mental Health First Aid course, provided by St John Ambulance. As a result, this will help raise awareness of mental illness, enabling people to support themselves and others around them. The courses provided by St John Ambulance are designed to reduce stigma through education. Therefore increasing the provision of care for those who have a mental illness.
Active Digital Business Director, Jo Wimble-Groves commented
“In today’s society, measuring happiness is incredibly important. We are aware that a focus on health, wellbeing and flexibility of working hours can lead to more engaged, more productive employees. If organisations can get that culture right, it’s easier to make decisions based on what’s right for the individual, their colleagues and customers.”
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