New research by Bupa has found that only a fraction of employers actively engage in the health and wellbeing of their employees.
A survey of 2,000 UK workers discovered that 63% found their work life has a negative impact on their health and wellbeing with the top reason being listed as:
1. I don't do enough exercise due to working long hours (39.18%)
2. I'm always tired due to work (36.65%)
3. I'm too tired to exercise because of my work (34.76%)
4. I find it hard to relax as I'm often stressed about work (32.39%)
5. I spend too much time at my desk to think about my wellbeing (31.44%)
As a solution to this commonplace working issue Bupa have developed an industry first App to allow employees to keep track of their wellbeing at work.
The app called Bupa Boost will aggregate other apps and wearables to support the whole health and wellbeing of an employee, including:
– Gamification to let employees compete in a social networking environment
– The ability to set personal goals in areas of health and wellbeing most relevant to the employee
– Employees will have the option to track themselves against colleagues in fitness challenges The ability to set and track corporate challenges so it will have benefits across the business as well as to individuals
– A mobile approach to workplace health and wellbeing means employees can access their health goals when and wherever they want
– Earn Wellness Points and win rewards by fulfilling their own goals and those set by their employer
Patrick Watt, corporate director at Bupa, comments:
“Bupa Boost has been designed to meet the needs of our corporate clients, many of whom have identified the need to better engage their employees in their health and wellbeing.
“There has been a lot of talk about the importance of workplace health, but it’s time for less talk and more action which is why we have designed an interactive tool that will help businesses to address this. Keeping employees inspired and engaged will have a full circle effect to improve productivity, limit absentee rates and give the UK a happy, healthy workforce overall.”
“we recognise the role that digital health plays in helping people to improve their health and wellbeing. The app is an important step for us in the digital space, and we will be continuing to invest in digital health initiatives over the coming months and years.