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May 02, 2018
Employee Wellness

Employee Wellness Apps To Improve Worker Well-Being

How happy and healthy are your employees? Do you know? Do you even care? A new class of employee wellness apps are emerging that focus on worker well-being. 

Karen McCandlessAnalyst

How happy and healthy are your employees? Do you know, or even care? According to a survey by Investors in People, more than half of workers feel their employers do not care about their health and well-being, leading many to consider looking for a new job.

Apart from the problem of high employee attrition that this neglect can cause, how can you expect your employees to be at their best when they are physically or mentally worn out?

According to research from professional services firm Towers Watson, stressed employees take an average of 4.6 sick days per year compared to 2.6 days for employees who had low levels of stress.

Employee wellness is starting to be recognized as a key factor in any organization's success, with 78 percent of HR and benefits leaders reporting that well-being is a key component of their business strategy, but you can still do more.

One of the key ways to ensure that your workers' well-being is being taken care of is to invest in a cloud-based solution.

In this article we profile employee wellness apps to help take better care of your workforce (apps are ordered alphabetically). To qualify as employee wellness, software, these apps must have the following features or functionality:

  • Be cloud based (as opposed to just having a mobile solution or on premise).

  • Able to be controlled and administered by companies (as opposed to being consumer-based).

  • Included health assessments, data and analytics, biometric tests, and incentive management.

CoreHealth Technologies

CoreHealth Technologies provides branded health portals that include features such as:

  • Health assessments

  • Coaching

  • Biometric management

  • Self-help programs

  • Challenges and incentives.

It also provides access to an ecosystem of other employee wellness apps and devices, with custom reports to monitor success, and surveys to measure employee engagement.

According to Anne Marie Kirby, Health Revolutionary and CEO of CoreHealth Technologies enables wellness providers to develop and deliver employee programs such as: "health assessments, coaching, scheduling, challenges and more."

LifeWorks

LifeWorks brings together employee and corporate wellness capabilities with employee assistance and social recognition programs, and a private social network.

Its features include:

  • Health coaching online or by phone

  • Health risk assessments

  • Online nutrition and exercise trackers

  • Gamification-based team challenges

  • Financial wellness help.

"There are four key reasons why people leave their jobs, and Lifeworks is on a mission to solve all of them with a user experience that is unparalleled," says Jamie True, CEO of LifeWorks. "LifeWorks is pulling services together in a whole new way and the combination of mental well-being employee assistance programs, perks, recognition, personal growth and community engagement creates an environment that employees feel loved and in turn drives key business metrics such as: performance, attendance, retention and loyalty."

Limeade

Founded by well-being research organization the Limeade Institute, Limeade corporate wellness platform takes a four-pronged approach to employee wellness:

  • Awareness: health assessments and biometric screenings

  • Action: coaching and resources to help enable behavioral change

  • Rewards: gamified points and social recognition

  • Insights: real-time dashboards to track success.

The SaaS human resources platform also includes mobile and interactive video capabilities, and works in conjunction with wearable devices.

Henry Albrecht, Limeade CEO, says: "At Limeade, we believe well-being is a business KPI every CEO should track."

Lyra Health

Lyra Health is specifically focuses on the mental health side of employee wellness. The software provides direct access to therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists through live video therapy, web chat or in-person appointments, as well as a number of self-help resources.

It offers online screening tools in the form of questionnaires that aim to connect the right patient to the right care provider and course of treatment, and is working on being able to offer therapists working on site to companies.

Lyra Health was founded by former Facebook CFO David Ebersman.

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Sprout

Sprout combines employee recognition with employee engagement, incentive management, and a wellness portal. The wellness portal is accessible both by HR or program administrators and employees

Employees can participate in wellness challenges, connect with colleagues, and access health resources. Administrators have access to one centralized, online location where they can connect with their workforce and analyze and gain insight from program data.

The wellness portal provides:

  • A real-time, predictive, activity-driven health risk assessment

  • Personalized goal setting

  • Gamification of health activity, linked to rewards and incentives

  • Integrated with top activity tracking apps and devices

  • Challenges on a personal, team, and company-wide level.

VirginPulse

VirginPulse focuses on providing personalized solutions to help improve each individual employee's well-being.

To do this, it takes into account information from a variety of sources including health assessments and biometric tests. It then recommends a course of action which can involve areas such as:

  • Sleep

  • Nutrition

  • Financial health

  • Personal relationships

  • Stress Activity.

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WeFitter

WeFitter is a corporate wellness platform that aims to reduce healthcare costs and engagement by encouraging employees to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Its features include:

  • A real-time dashboard that tracks and monitors employees' progress and performance

  • A customized rewards and challenges program that aims to keep employees active and engaged

  • A customized landing sign up page so you can tailor the experience of users when they login

  • Leaderboards to help gamify the wellness experience.

WeFitter also helps companies control their healthcare costs, and work out what savings they can make with the platform.

Whil

Whil is an enterprise-grade solution aimed at organizations that want to reduce stress and help employees with their most pressing health, performance, relationship, and sleep issues.

"We offer thousands of digital training sessions that are mapped to a company's biggest stressors and healthcare cost-drivers, all rooted in science, mindfulness and positive psychology," says Justin Keller, senior marketing director at Whil. "Using machine learning, Whil assesses individual employee needs, prescribes the appropriate training, and delivers measurable outcomes.

"Whil seamlessly integrates with most of the leading corporate wellness platforms, making it the perfect mental and emotional complement to an existing wellness program. HIPAA-compliant dashboards provide admins with actionable data and insights to enable the measurement of ROI and VOI."

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What employee wellness apps do you use?

Are there any employee wellness apps we've missed that you would recommend? Let us know which software you favor in the comments below or by Tweeting me.

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