The basics of good health have remained largely unchanged over the decades, focusing on key points like getting exercise, eating balanced diets, and getting sufficient sleep. However, how people monitor success in these arenas has changed dramatically, predominately thanks to technology.
When it comes to good health, the benefits extend beyond the person’s own life. Healthier people tend to be happier, more capable employees too. But it today’s world where everyone feels pressed for time, staying healthy isn’t as easy as it sounds on the surface. Luckily, there are things employers can do to help their staff achieve their health-related goals.
With that in mind, here are three ways tech can improve your employees’ health.
1. Encourage Activity With Challenges
Nearly everyone has access to a device that can track their activity, particularly since the vast majority of smartphones can add an app to handle the task. However, merely having a tracker isn’t enough if you aren’t motivated to get moving.
Companies can encourage their staff to be more active through friendly activity challenges. Often, these can be based on some kind of points system, though the mechanism can vary depending on the types of exercise you include in the challenge.
Just make sure that, when you design the program, you give options that don’t require people to join teams. Not everyone is as extroverted as everyone else, so providing the ability to go solo can ensure that all of your employees feel comfortable.
2. Embrace Workspace Improvements
Standup desks garnered a lot of attention as a means of avoiding the health consequences of too much sitting. However, employees are rarely able to update their workspaces to include them on their own, leaving these adjustments firmly in the hands of their employers.
If you want to encourage better health, consider investing in equipment that can make each workspace more beneficial. This can include the aforementioned standing desks or even alternatives, like bike pedals that can fit underneath a desk or balance balls that can be used in place of chairs.
While these solutions aren’t all technically advanced, some versions come with tech features that can help a person track their activity, allowing them to fall into the category.
3. Cross-Platform Information
If you ask your workers what their favorite way to communicate in the office is, you’ll likely get a range of answers. Some may favor collaboration software while others prefer email. Text messages may suit your younger workers best while others may want notifications on the intranet home page.
To use technology to your advance, make sure all health and wellness communications are sent across multiple platforms. Use web development options that allow your intranet to have a responsive design, adjusting to each type of device. Summarize the information and sent it out in a mass text, including a link to get more information. If the details aren’t proprietary, share the message on social media.
By embracing different communication technologies, you can reach more of your staff, ensuring that they have the information they need to improve their health.
If you would like to learn more about how you can use technology to promote better health, the team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us to discuss your goals today and see how our workplace wellness expertise can benefit you.