Mental Health Tech in the Workplace

Can it improve your well being?


how do you feel today?

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch of a Workplace Mental Health program. I joined our colleagues in the NGA Service Center in St Johns, Canada, for the kickoff of “Not Myself Today“. It’s a program that helps employees express themselves, especially when things aren’t going well for them, and offers support through tools and resources.

Employee well-being programs are the top new workplace perks. You won’t be surprised to learn that mental health apps are on a roll - sales are up and a large number of companies secured additional funding to accelerate their growth.

Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to explore the topic. Do people feel safe enough to ask for help in the workplace, when they struggle with mental health issues? How can employers support them? How good are apps in helping employees manage mental health issues and can they deliver what they claim?

In Mental Health Tech for employee well being I take a look at the science behind these workplace solutions. The article also includes a deep dive in the technologies that are in use today and describe where they are headed.

Apps come in many different flavors. To give you an idea of what is available, I’ve created an overview of Mental Health Apps. The selection is based on recent funding rounds and includes local and global solutions.

Do you use a mental health app? And does it help you feel better?

Keep safe and sane, Anita

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Insights & Ideas on Mental Health

Burnout - is it a modern affliction or part of the human condition? Burnout was only recognized by the WHO in 2019 as an occupational, not a medical condition. Jill Lepore wrote this insightful read for the New Yorker: “As a diagnosis, burnout is too vague to be helpful—but the rise of burnouts tells us a lot about the way we work.”

If you are looking for the science behind Mental Health Apps, this research study aims to understand the attributes of popular apps for mental health conditions, and how these relate to consumer ratings, app quality and classification by the WHO health app classification framework.

What benefits do your employees value most? Free lunches and cool office spaces are out. With 1 in 3 adults reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression, it’s no surprise that workforce wellness programs are the top new workplace perk. You’ll find a list of 8 dimensions of wellness and suggestions to help employees nurture each of them.

The World Health Organization is developing a set of guidelines to provide you with evidenced-based recommendations for the workplace, focused on the promotion of well-being and the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions.  The guidelines, which are expected to be finalized in late 2021, help facilitate national and workplace-level policy development, and drive change in the workplace.

The list of mental health apps is long. Here is a handy overview, with companies organized into categories. Hover your mouse over the company logo and a short description pops up.

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What’s next?

Just how will emerging technologies disrupt workforce supply and demand over the next ten years? In The future of Jobs in the era of AI Faethm and Boston Consulting Group explore scenarios, which take into consideration varying levels of the impact from COVID-19 on GDP growth. While the research report focuses on the US, Germany and Australia, you can apply the findings to your local labor market.

Businesses are reopening, vacancies are being published, but where are the workers? It seems that job creation is outpacing the demand by workers. Even though we don’t know yet what exactly is going on, as employer you better prepare yourself for a labor shortage. John Zappe gives some tips on how to do this.

Last month’s newsletter focused on HR and Payroll API’s. Andrew Brown from just published an excellent article called Making sense of payroll APIs. He first catalogues various payroll APIs and continues with an in-depth explanation and good illustrations. Great material for a deep dive.

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Written by Anita Lettink. I am fascinated by workplace innovation and the future of work. I founded HRTechRadar to showcase the latest in HR Tech. I’m also an analyst & advisor. You can connect with me on Linkedin or Twitter.